Rogue One has a surprising connection to the Star Wars prequels

The release of the novel ‘Star Wars: Catalyst – A Rogue One Story’, a prequel to next month’s ‘Rogue One’, has revealed that there is a surprising connection between the latest addition to the ‘Star Wars’ universe and the prequels.

Speaking to The Verge about his book, writer James Luceno revealed that ‘Catalyst’ begins just after the beginning of the Clone Wars, and it sees the Separatists having teamed up with the Confederacy of Independent Systems.

This conflict and these baddies appeared in ‘Star Wars: Episode II – Attack Of The Clones’ and ‘Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge Of The Sith’, and it now turns out that the entire Rebellion can be traced back to the Separatists that emerged in the Clone Wars.

“A direct link can be made between the Rebellion and the former Separatists, who, in the wake of the Republic victory, never received reparations promised by the Empire, and remained ostracized – and in many cases occupied – while the Empire spread its tentacles far and wide,” Luceno explained.

“Instead of fairness, the galaxy fell victim to fear of the Empire’s ever-expanding military,” he continued. “The absence of the Jedi Order – their fire gone out of the universe – left many worlds without any recourses to counter injustices.”

The Separatists’ actions in ‘Star Wars: Catalyst’ lead Galen Erso (Mads Mikkelsen) to head in a certain direction, which directly affects the life of his daughter Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones), who is ‘Rogue One’s’ protagonist.

That’s because the early seeds of the Rebellion, which Jyn ultimately becomes a part of, caome from the same parts of the galaxy where the Separatists were battling the Rebellion. When the Separatists don’t receive what was promised to them at the end of the war the Rebellion then emerges.

You can purchase ‘Star Wars: Catalyst – A Rogue One Story’ now, while ‘Rogue One’ itself will finally be in cinemas next month on December 16.

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