Rogue One: Peerless – Except Where It’s Not

By now, we’ve all heard how wonderful Rogue One is, even if we somehow haven’t seen it (go right now, for the love of the Force!).

I’m fond of saying that it’s a Star Wars prequel made by people who care about Star Wars – and it shows.

The people in charge of Rogue One did so many things right. From the homages that were just subtle enough to the story to the characters to the diversity of the cast, I very much enjoyed this film.

I’m sure there are some out there that can find things to nitpick, but as for me, there are only one or two tiny things I’d change about Rogue One, and they don’t affect the overall story at all.

So I’m one happy Star Wars fan. I loved Rogue One. I’ve seen it four times so far, and I appreciate it more with each viewing.

And there’s one thing that, no matter how many times I see this movie, stands out even more than all of the things I’ve already listed as something the makers of Rogue One did right.

It’s something I haven’t seen addressed anywhere yet (I’m sure it’s out there, but I haven’t seen it), and it means so much to me that I’m writing this to share it with you.

Because it’s something that sadly just isn’t seen much in films, and I think we need to give credit where credit is due.

See, Rogue One has a male and a female lead.

A male and a female lead that don’t have a romantic relationship, even. This is fantastic for many reasons, but while rare, it’s not unheard of. It’s not what stands out in Rogue One for me.

No. What makes Rogue One special is the fact that the actors are very nearly the same age.

Diego Luna, our dear Cassian Andor, is thirty-seven. Felicity Jones, AKA Jyn Erso, is thirty-three. They are a mere four years apart. Four.

Not the ten, twenty, and even thirty years that we so often see in these scenarios.

And if you check the ages of their characters, while their fictional selves are younger, the gap is the same. According to Wookieepedia, only four years separate Jyn, at twenty-two, from Cassian, who is twenty-six.

This is huge!

A male and a female character that are actually peers?

Played by actors who are actually similarly-aged?

As opposed to the usual twenty-year-old woman paired with a sixty-year-old man?

Thank the Maker.

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