USA Today has our first excerpt of the Rogue One tie-in novel Catalyst. The article also contains a few insights from Pablo Hidalgo about the inspirations Lucasfilm drew from for the film. Here’s one:

“It’s no accident that we’ve taken a look at the Manhattan project and what was happening at Los Alamos laboratories during the tail end of World War II. Being able to look at that kind of thing through history and then apply the Star Wars filter to it is really fascinating.”

I do find it interesting that Lyra, Jyn’s mom and Galen’s wife, seems to be a viewpoint character… Here’s hoping she gets more to do throughout the novel.

Catalyst, by James Luceno (Tarkin) is out in hardcover and ebook on November 15 from Del Rey.


Out Nov. 15, author James Luceno’s Catalyst (Del Rey) acts as a lead up to the Rogue One film (in theaters Dec. 16) by focusing on two characters who play important roles in the construction of the Death Star, talented scientist Galen Erso (played in Rogue One by Mads Mikkelsen) and ambitious Imperial officer Orson Krennic (Ben Mendelsohn). Also receiving an introduction: Felicity Jones’ new Star Wars heroine Jyn Erso.

Pablo Hidalgo, a creative executive in Lucasfilm’s Star Wars Story Group, promises that the book will answer some of the questions about the history of the moon-sized Death Star.

“It’s no accident that we’ve taken a look at the Manhattan project and what was happening at Los Alamos laboratories during the tail end of World War II. Being able to look at that kind of thing through history and then apply the Star Wars filter to it is really fascinating.”

Krennic is a mastermind but Galen is the genius, and the former needs the secrets that are in the latter’s mind in order to fulfill this dream project, Hidalgo says. “We jokingly refer to it as like Mozart and Salieri or even Jobs and Wozniak. It’s these opposites that come together.”

Their character dynamic reminds Hidalgo of The Social Network, with “all the twists and turns that those kinds of relationships can take in the development of something as big as, in this case, the Death Star and not Facebook.“

Read an exclusive excerpt from Chapter 5 of Star Wars: Rogue One: Catalyst

anonymous asked:

What do you think about the fact that Krennic did meet with baby Jyn from the exerpt of Rogue One

We know that Krennic and Galen were “old friends”, and that Krennic helped Galen and his family escape from Separatist kidnappers. So basically Krennic saved Jyn when she was younger. I don’t know what the shot in the Rogue One trailer is in reference to specifically, but that’s the back story of Krennic’s relationship to Galen Erso and his family. The fact that Krennic met and saved young Jyn adds fascinating dimension to the later Rogue One story in terms of the relationship between Krennic, Galen and Jyn and how that might play out. Does Jyn feel any sense of gratitude or indebtedness to Krennic? Does her father? Is that why he was lured in to working on the Death Star? etc.

 As far as my shipping of Jynnic? (And everyone’s shipping of Jynnic, honestly) There is no shipping of young Jyn with Krennic. We ship older Krennic with the grown-up rebel Jyn :) 


The second full trailer for Rogue One gives us our first look at Galen Erso (Mads Mikkelsen) and Darth Vader in action, plus more of the rest of the crew.

George Lucas would periodically check in on the status of the games his company was making, lending creative input and advice. The developer I talked to sighs, and agitatedly says, “In one viewing of Fracture, [Lucas] said it looked really good, but he didn’t like [Mason Briggs’] name. We’re like, ‘What do you mean, George?’ He responded to the effect of, ‘It doesn’t really fit. When he jumps on stuff, he moves pretty fast. I like B.J. Dart.’

“So everybody’s like, ‘No, he’s gotta be f—ing with us.’ He’s absolutely not. So when something like that happened – in the middle of the campaign, mind you – we have to go back through that entire naming convention again… from scratch.” From that second session, Jet Brody was born. Coincidentally, Jett is the name of Lucas’ son.

A similar situation arose with Star Wars: The Force Unleashed’s protagonist, Starkiller. “[That name] was only supposed to be a nickname or call sign, not a proper name from the beginning,” a former LucasArts employee says. The development team hoped that Lucas would give Vader’s apprentice a Darth moniker, which at the time, was something that didn’t happen often.

“The team threw a Hail Mary to George, saying the game would have more credibility if the apprentice had a ‘Darth’ title,” a Force Unleashed team member says. Lucas agreed that this situation made sense for Sith royalty, and offered up two Darth titles for the team to choose from. “He threw out ‘Darth Icky’ and ‘Darth Insanius.’ There was a pregnant pause in the room after that. People waiting for George to say ‘just kidding,’ but it never comes, and he just moved on to another point.”

Team members involved in the decision to not use these ridiculous Darth titles could not be reached for comment, but three LucasArts employees believe an excuse was made to push the Darth title to the sequel. By the time development on that title commenced, the names were long forgotten by Lucas and weren’t muttered by the development team again. Starkiller remained Starkiller in the games, but was also named Galen Marek in the greater Expanded Universe fiction.

—  From this Game Informer article. George Lucas might be some kind of madman?

As a member of Chancellor Palpatine’s top secret Death Star project, Orson Krennic is determined to develop a superweapon before their enemies can. And an old friend of Krennic’s, the brilliant scientist Galen Erso, could be the key.

Galen’s energy-focused research has captured the attention of both Krennic and his foes, making the scientist a crucial pawn in the galactic conflict. But after Krennic rescues Galen, his wife, Lyra, and their young daughter, Jyn, from Separatist kidnappers, the Erso family is deeply in Krennic’s debt. Krennic then offers Galen an extraordinary opportunity: to continue ofhis scientific studies with every resource put utterly at his disposal. 

The  synopsis for Catalyst : Rogue One prequel novel