Director Gareth Edwards has gone on record citing over a dozen films that influenced his version of the Star Wars universe, ranging from science fiction to fantasy and Vietnam War epics. He’s also singled out Ridley Scott as one of his biggest influencers (like many directors of his generation), but the connection goes far beyond the “used future” aesthetic of both George Lucas and Scott’s sci-fi. When the heroes head to the planet Eadu to rescue/assassinate Jyn’s father, they wind up descending into a rocky, rainy, and oppressively dark series of canyons. If it feels familiar, it’s by design: Edwards has stated that the design of Eadu is a direct homage to the setting of Ridley Scott’s Alien.
^ 'Rogue One'