Fans can make their own educated guesses, but why not just let the director of "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" share his take on the meaning of the movie's title?

"I'd been thinking about it," Gareth Edwards said in the new issue of 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?" And, of course, "rogue" also fits rebellious main character Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones). "It's kind of describing her as well in a similar way," Edwards said. "It has [all] these split, multiple meanings that made it feel like the right choice."

Erso -- a rebel perfectly suited for the Rebel Alliance -- and her unlikely band of heroes are tasked with stealing the Empire's plans for the Death Star, in a standalone story set just before Episode IV: "A New Hope."

"Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" co-stars Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, Forest Whitaker, Riz Ahmed, Jiang Wen, Genevieve O'Reilly, Jimmy Smits, and the voice of James Earl Jones. It's scheduled for release in theaters December 16.

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