Jyn was originally supposed to have a MUCH bigger connection to the Jedi in "Rogue One"
How much did you love badass, fightin’ Jyn Erso in Rogue One? Now take what you know, and love, about Jyn, and can you imagine her as a Jedi? The answer is DUH, and there’s a reason you’re super into that idea right now: In early versions of Rogue One Jyn’s mother was a Jedi!
Rogue One focus a lot on Jyn’s ties to her parents — including her mother, who was killed while she was a child (And her father then later went on to design the Death Star, as you do). But according to director Gareth Edwards, in early versions of the film, they considered making Jyn’s mother a Jedi, which would’ve honestly been so cool. But, Edwards told Entertainment Weekly that they ultimately changed their minds and the reason why made complete sense:
So without Jyn’s mom being a Jedi, it left the film Jedi-less. And that’s pretty unique for a Star Wars film. Writer Gary Whitta also told EW that was a concern for him:
Well, the film ended up being pretty epic, even without any Jedi. And since the next Star Wars film has Jedi in the title, we’ll assume that there will be plenty of The Force to go around!