That Last STAR WARS: ROGUE ONE Trailer May Contain a Huge Plot Element Involving Jyn and Kyber Crystals
Yesterday a Japanese trailer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story hit the internet, and it blew our socks off! That thing was loaded with some incredible new footage and some of it was very revealing and offered us some new insight into the plot of the film and where it might lead.
There was one plot element that was teased that could end up being a huge deal for the film. Early on in the trailer, we shown a moment between a young Jyn Erso and a person that we assume is her mother. Her mother gives her a necklace with a crystal on it and tells her to "trust the Force." It's a very brief moment, but whatever it is is so important to Jyn that she holds on to that crystal as she grows up.
May fans are speculating that this is a Kyber crystal, which as many of you already know is the crystal that powers lightsabers. It's been reported in the past that the planet of Jedha plays a main part in the story. When talking about it director Gareth Edwards said:
"It got embodied in this place we called Jedha. It’s a place where people who believe in the Force would go on a pilgrimage. It was essentially taken over by the Empire. It’s an occupied territory… for reasons we probably can’t reveal. There’s something very important in Jedha that serves both the Jedi and the Empire."
It's been confirmed that the reason the planet is so important is because Kyber crystals are a resource of that planet. Now we'll get into the cool theories about how Jyn's Kyber crystal could fit into the story.
Lightsabers aren't the only thing powered by Kyber crystals, the Death Star is also powered by them. Jyn's father is the guy responsible for the creation of the Death Star, so there are a few links here that could very well lead to a crazy climax and reveal.
One of the best theories that I've seen involving all of these links comes from THR, who offers the following fan theory:
"To follow this line of speculation through to a natural conclusion, what is the likelihood that Jyn's mission to rescue her father from the Empire instead results in her father once again finding the crystal necessary to make the Death Star operational — a crystal hidden away from him for years by his wife, who would rather trust in the natural order of things ("Trust the Force") than accept a despotic regime that is willing to construct a weapon that can literally destroy the planet of anyone that stands against it?
"It's a given that Rogue One ends in a stalemate in the conflict between the Rebellion and the Empire — the very first Star Wars film begins with the former with stolen Death Star plans, while the latter has a fully operational Death Star. Could that stalemate be the result of a heist that, while successful, accidentally delivers the one thing the Empire needed into its hands?"
I thought that was some pretty interesting speculation. We don't know if the story will actually play out that way, it could go in a completely different direction, but this theory does seem plausible. What do you all think? How do you think the crystal plays into the story? Share your theories below!