Why Peter Jackson visited the Star Wars: Rogue One set

Peter Jackson couldn't turn down the chance to see a Darth Vader scene being filmed (Newshub.)
Peter Jackson couldn't turn down the chance to see a Darth Vader scene being filmed (Newshub.)

How do you get Sir Peter Jackson to turn up on your film set? Make a movie with Darth Vader.

In Tokyo, Rogue One director Gareth Edwards explained he had several Kiwis working on the film, and as a huge fan of the Braindead filmmaker he asked him to visit the production.

"I told him, 'Pete, come down and visit the set whenever you want', and he's like 'yeah, yeah, I'm a bit busy'," explains Edwards.

"I was thinking I couldn't get him to visit the set. So then I texted him and said we're just about to shoot Darth Vader. He replied, 'I'll be there in ten minutes’. And then his car pulled up".

The first standalone Star Wars film to be released since Disney bought the franchise, Rogue One slides in after Revenge of the Sith and just before the original Star Wars.

Fans will remember the opening crawl saying rebels had stolen secret plans for the Death Star and Princess Leia putting those plans into R2-D2.

But how did those rebels get those plans?

Rogue One will tell us.

Edwards has long-been a huge Star Wars fan.

"It doesn't matter what country you're from, Star Wars unites us as humans," he says.

"It just gets everything right. I think it's one of the few movies that I grew up with that had meaning to it. Storytelling, when it's done properly, is really about something. Life lessons for kids, disguised as fun adventure."

Whether or not Edwards' own Star Wars film is really about something itself will be decided on by viewers when it is released in cinemas next week.

Newshub.