Star Wars: Rogue One villain not posh enough for the Empire

Ryan Leston
·UK Movies Writer

It looks as though Director Krennic has hit the glass ceiling.

Ben Mendelsohn as Director Krennic in Star Wars: Rogue One - Credit: Lucasfilm
Ben Mendelsohn as Director Krennic in Star Wars: Rogue One – Credit: Lucasfilm

According to director Gareth Edwards, the new ‘Star Wars’ villain, Director Orson Krennic, isn’t exactly part of the old boy’s club… and it’s because he’s just not posh enough.

“It feels like if the Empire ever have a job vacancy, they go to the Royal Shakespeare Company to headhunt people,” he told USA Today. “I like the idea that Ben’s character was much more working-class [and came to prominence] through sheer force of personality and ideas.”

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Although most Imperial officers are renowned for their Britishness (as can be seen in ‘Star Wars: Rogue One’ with the inclusion of several renowned British actors in minor Imperial roles), it looks as though Director Krennic is very different.

Not least of which, because of his accent.

“Edwards told Mendelsohn not to use the upper-class accent favored by Imperial officers in earlier Star Wars movies,” they explained. And apparently, Ben Mendelsohn asked if Krennic should have “a very posh English accent” like the rest of the Empire.

Ben Mendelsohn as Director Krennic in Star Wars: Rogue One - Credit: Lucasfilm
Ben Mendelsohn as Director Krennic in Star Wars: Rogue One – Credit: Lucasfilm

So how far can Director Krennic go?

Well, it seems that building a Death Star can only get you so far, with Edwards explaining that Krennic “hits a brick wall in the hierarchy where they won’t let him in the club and it’s going to turn into a them-or-us situation: either Krennic or Tarkin and the others.”

And that’s clearly felt in ‘Star Wars: Rogue One’.

Of course, we know that Tarkin takes control of the Death Star by the time of ‘A New Hope’. And that pretty much sets Krennic up for failure from the start. Clashing time and time again with his Imperial superior, it’s an interesting dynamic within the Empire itself.

And it manages to make them feel that little bit more evil.

‘Star Wars: Rogue One’ is in cinemas now.

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