Here’s a crazy piece of Star Wars lore that even the most dedicated fans probably missed: Rogue One heroine Jyn Erso may have lived in the same apartment complex as Padme Amidala on Coruscant. How do we know? The Inverse points us to a tweet from eagle-eyed Twitter user @manyymedia that blew my mind:
this is pretty cool. the shot of coruscant from rogue one is a matte painting from ROTS. it’s also the same view from padme’s apartment. pic.twitter.com/KzlIpF7Kx7
— Jack Manuel (@manyymedia) January 4, 2017
If you’re still trying to figure out what and when and how, let me bring you up to speed. Rogue One opens with a flashback of young Jyn Erso watching her mom get gunned down in front of her, but later in the film, there’s a different flashback that reveals a moment even earlier in her life, as she walks through a sleek-looking apartment complex on Coruscant. Krennic (Ben Mendelsohn) is there with her parents, and she talks to her father Galen (Mads Mikkelsen), who’s decked out in a slick Imperial uniform.
The Inverse breaks it down and surmises that at the moment we see Coruscant in Rogue One, Jyn could have conceivably gone to a different floor and visited Padme and Anakin:
If you do a little sleuthing in the convoluted Star Wars timeline, it seems to suggest that the Ersos and Padme could have been there at the same time.
The Rogue One prequel novel, Catalyst, which features Galen and his family’s Imperial drama with Krennic on Coruscant, takes place a year after Attack of the Clones when Padme sets up shop in her senatorial apartment building on Coruscant. She’s still there three years later when the events of Revenge of the Sith occur.
The people who work on the Star Wars movies might be even more obsessive than online fans, so it strikes me as totally plausible that this is a designed, purposeful choice. The alternative — that someone threw that in as a background without giving it a second thought — just doesn’t seem like something that would happen in Lucasfilm’s post-Disney acquisition world where everything is connected and a new canon is being meticulously built from the ground up.
What do you think?