It seems quite fitting that the man who directed Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Disney and Lucasfilm’s highly-anticipated standalone Star Wars adventure, took the Death Star plans home with him once the film was completed since stealing those plans is what triggers the film’s plot.
Today, during a special live event at Facebook HQ, directed Gareth Edwards and his Rogue One: A Star Wars Story cast — Riz Ahmed (Bodhi Rook), Diego Luna (Cassian Andor), Donnie Yen (Chirrut Îmwe), Alan Tudyk (the droid K-2SO), Ben Mendelsohn (villain Director Orson Krennic), and star Felicity Jones (Jyn Erso) — were asked if kept any props or costumes or set pieces.
“There was only thing I wanted that whole shoot,” Edwards told the moderator, “and the entire time, I kept whispering to people like, ‘Where do you keep that? Where will it be at the end? How do I get hold of it? Can I have it?’ And it was like, ‘Aw, no, this is going to be archived. It’s like part of film history and blah-blah-blah.’ So obviously I didn’t do this because they’ll want it back.” Edwards was reluctant to share anything more about his thievery, but after being prodded by the cast, he spilled the beans. “I stole the Death Star plans,” he admitted.