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Director Orson Krennic - Star Wars

Director Krennic from Star Wars played by Ben Mendelsohn.

Director Krennic is a fictional male in the Star Wars film series who was played on screen by Ben Mendelsohn. Director Krennic holds the rank of Director within the Galactic Empire.

Director Orson Krennic is in charge of the The Galactic Empire that is building the Death Star during the events of Star Wars - Rogue One.

Krennic is the principle antagonist in the Rogue One film. Grand Moff Tarkin is also in the film but its Krennic who does the running around fighting whilst Tarkin stays on the Death Star.

After completion of the Death Star, Krennic is demoted and command of the Death Star is taken away from him. Grand Moff Tarkin assumes control of the Death Star on the grounds that there had been a security breach which should not have happened.

Capturing Galen Erso

Galen Erso is a legendary engineer and scientist in Star Wars. Krennic and Galen Erso had been close friends during the building of the Death Star. Galen realised what he was doing and no longer wanted any part of it and so deserted to a planet far away from the clutches of the Galactic Empire.

Galen hid as a farmer on a remote planet when he is finally discovered by Krennic. Krennic wanted the whole family but when Lyra Erso shoots and hits Krennic, Lyra is killed in response. Lyra Erso was Galen's wife and mother to Jyn Erso. Krennic is unable to find Jyn Erso and so leaves the planet without the child.

Grand Moff Tarkin and Darth Vader

It is Director Krennic who has been the main overseer of the weapon but he is not the one who will be able to take credit for it. After the devastating power of the Death Star has been demonstrated on the capital city of the desert planet Jedha, Grand Moff Tarkin uses the knowledge that there have been a number of security breaches to take control of the Death Star and downgrade Krennics role.

Krennic is incensed by being downgraded but there is nothing he can do. Krennic leaves the Death Star to visit Darth Vader on Mustafar, the same planet where Anakin Skywalker was burnt after loosing a fight to Obi-Wan Kenobi. Darth Vader has a castle on Mustafar where he is being medically seen for his injuries.

The planet is similar to Mordor and the castle bears uncanny resemblance to the Tower of Lord Sauron in the Lord of the Rings films but without the eye to watch over what is going on. Krennic is force strangled but isn't killed. Darth Vader gives Krennic a warning on trying to seek power.

On Eadu

The Galactic Empire has a Kyber Crystal refinery on the rainy rocky planet of Eadu where Galen Erso is working. Determined to get to the bottom of who is leaking the information to The Rebel Alliance, Krennic orders the lead scientists be lined up and shot unless the culprit is revealed. When Galen reveals he is the leak, Krennic spares Galen's life and instead shoots the other scientists. When a Rebel Alliance fleet of X-wings attack the base, Galen is killed but Krennic survives and escapes.

On Scarif

The Imperial Data Storage facility is on the planet of Scarif. When the operation to steal the plans begins, Krennic takes charge of the operation to thwart the Rebel Alliance plan. He comes close many times to prevent the theft including disabling Cassian Andor when Cassian falls to the ground. Krennic is shot in the back from Cassian after having recovered from the fall.

Tarkins orders the destruction of the data centre to prevent the Rebels from obtaining the plans for the Death Star. The planet of Scarif is shielded and no one can get on or off the planet. The Rebels are doomed like the Imperial forces are when the Death Star weapon is fired.

Director Krennic Facts

AllegianceThe Galactic Empire
ActorBen Mendelsohn
Last UpdatedSaturday, February 2, 2019

Copyright: Lucasfilm

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