Star Wars director: Rogue One isn't about today's politics


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Any relevance in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story to the current political climate was not deliberate, director Gareth Edwards has said.

The film's political message has been under scrutiny after one of the film's writers alluded to a Star Wars reference in a since-deleted tweet about US President-elect Donald Trump last month.

Supporters of the Republican politician began a campaign to boycott the movie before Disney CEO Bob Iger told reporters there were "no political statements" in the film.

Gareth Edwards arrives at the world premiere of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story at the Pantages Theatre
Gareth Edwards (Jordan Strauss/AP)

Speaking at the film's premiere at the Tate Modern in central London on Tuesday, filmmaker Gareth said the creators of the film were not attempting to predict or mirror the state of the world.

He told the Press Association: "We started this two-and-a-half years ago.

"There's no way on earth you can anticipate what the world is going to be like in two-and-a-half years.

"It's a film about people and Star Wars is based on mythology and history and religious storytelling more than it is on the future and science fiction.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Cast of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (Ian West/PA)

"And those stories that have been told for thousands of years, they still work today because we haven't changed. We're in the same cycles politically and with wars and with things like that.

"So I would love to say we've been really clever and somehow knew everything was going to happen, but it's nothing to do with that."

Asked how it felt to direct a Star Wars movie, Gareth joked: "It was all right. It was not bad."

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Forest Whitaker (Ian West/PA)

He added: "It is really weird to get to the end and it's going to be over.

"This is kind of it now. I don't get to make Star Wars any more. And that's quite sad. If you've never made Star Wars, maybe you will one day.

"But having now done it, that's it. For the rest of my life that will be it. It was a dream come true. Whatever crazy things combined in my life to allow this to happen, I feel very lucky."