“Rogue One” writer Gary Whitta has revealed a few different title ideas he had for “Rogue One,” as well as why he wanted a short title in the first place.

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Whitta tweeted Tuesday that he was looking at old “Rogue One” material and discovered an email he sent to Lucasfilm with title ideas.

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The title ideas included:

  • “Star Wars: Rebellion.”
  • “Star Wars: Rogue One.”
  • “Star Wars: The Rise of Whitta” (likely a joke since it has his last name).
  • “Star Wars: Shadow of the Death Star.”

He also explained that the short title helped differentiate the spinoff from the main “Star Wars” films.

  • “One argument I made in favor of ROGUE ONE as a title was that all the saga films have titles that are three or four words long (true for all nine eventually), so a title comprised of only one or two words would help differentiate the first standalone movie. I think it helped?”


Back in April 2020, Whitta and fellow writer Chris Weitz told IGN’s WFH Theater that there were a number of titles considered for the film, including “Dark Times.”

  • Weitz said: “There was one point at which we were kicking around titles for this, right? ‘Rogue One’ was a good choice eventually, but one of them was ‘Dark Times.’”
  • “Dark Times” is a reference to Obi-Wan Kenobi’s quote from “A New Hope” when he tells Luke Skywalker about the Jedi Knights, saying they were warriors “before the dark times, before the Empire.”
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Similarly, “Rogue One” director Gareth Edwards previously explained the meaning of the title in an interview with Empire:

  • “What does it mean? ‘Rogue One’ is a military call sign to some extent, but this is the first film that’s gone off-piste and is not part of the saga — or the Anakin story — so it’s the ‘rogue’ one, you know?”