When the first teaser trailer for “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” debuted last April, it delivered a series of striking visuals and atmospheric dialogue, memorably concluding with the Saw Gerrera’s line, “What will you become?” as Felicity Jones’ Jyn Erso looks toward eerily toward us, wearing all black — but neither of those scenes actually made it into the film. In fact, quite a few sequences from the “Rogue One” trailers were nowhere to be found in the finished film.
In an upcoming Spoiler Special for the Empire Podcast, director Gareth Edwards addressed the discrepancies between the trailer and film, saying, “There was a bit of a process to refining the third act in terms of the specific shots and moments, and so certain things just fell away. But then what happens is marketing love those shots, and go, ‘oh, we’ve got to use that.’ And you say, ‘Well, it’s not in the movie.’ And they say, ‘It’s okay, it’s what marketing does, we just use the best of whatever you’ve done.’ And so there’s lots of little things, but towards the end you go, ‘I know that’s not in the film, but the spirit of it’s in the film.'”
Given the popularity of the Rogue One trailers, which have wracked up millions of views and even spawned several impressive recreations, it was only a matter of time before fans noticed that many of the visuals and even dialogue from the trailers were missing from the finished film. One fan, Vashi Nedomansky, discovered 46 differences in total.
Despite the numerous differences (and perhaps numerous reshoots), “Star Wars'” first standalone effort is still an unabashed success after earning over $790 million in less than three weeks. Empire’s full podcast will be released later this week and will address fan’s other hot button issues like what happened to the opening crawl and the bold ending.
Directed by Gareth Edwards from a script by Gary Whitta and Chris Weitz, “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” stars Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, Jiang Wen and Forest Whitaker and is now in theaters. “Star Wars: Episode VIII,” the next main “Star Wars” film, arrives in theaters on December 15, 2017.
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