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Rogue One director Gareth Edwards revealed in 2016 that, while on a tour of the props department, George Lucas expressed interest in a particular helmet that was then inserted into the film:

Edwards says that sitting in the department was "a helmet we loved but didn't know where to put it; there wasn't really an opportunity to use it". But when Lucas was given a tour of the design department, the father of Star Wars "walked past it and went 'That’s cool, I like that'".

Unsurprisingly that led to a renewed determination to put the aforementioned mysterious helmet in the film, as the offhand comment by Lucas spurred Edwards into action, and at the mention of the helmet they "looked at each other like, 'OK, we have to put that in the film!'".

However, Edwards didn't describe the helmet, leaving it unclear exactly which one it was.

Has anyone involved with the film revealed which helmet Lucas liked?

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It was the hovertank pilot's helmet

Phil Szostak, an employee of Lucasfilm's art department (and author of The Art of Star Wars: The Force Awakens), revealed this on Twitter in early December, 2016:

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@PhilSzostak George Lucas hand-picked the Imperial Hovertank Pilot helmet for @starwars #RogueOne during a set visit.

  • How do I get a Death Star emoji? – 1252748 Dec 21 '16 at 18:26
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    @1252748 No idea; it's built into the RogueOne hashtag – Jason Baker Dec 21 '16 at 18:27
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    @1252748 By typing that hashtag into Twitter. It's a "hashflag", not a real emoji character, and can't be used elsewhere (without copying the image). – duskwuff Dec 22 '16 at 0:49
  • Also reported by Inverse, with a link to the official Star Wars FB page. – Gallifreyan Jan 4 '17 at 19:32

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