After viewing “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” many fans were quick to point out scenes that appeared in the trailers but didn’t make it to the final cut of the film. In an interview with Yahoo! UK, “Rogue One” editors John Gilroy and Colin Goudie revealed which scenes were re-shot to include more background on the film’s cast.
“The story was re-conceptualized to some degree, there were scenes that were added at the beginning and fleshed out. We wanted to make more of the other characters, like Cassian [Andor]’s character, and Bodhi [Rook]’s character,” Gilroy explained. “The scene with Cassian’s introduction with the spy, Bodhi traipsing through Jedha on his way to see Saw, these are things that were added. Also Jyn [Erso], how we set her up and her escape from the transporter, that was all done to set up the story better.”
Goudie also divulged that the scene of Jyn in a prison cell was added to the opening during more re-shoots. “The point with the opening scenes that John was just describing was that the introductions in the opening scene, in the prologue, was always the same. Jyn’s just a little girl, so when you see her as an adult what you saw initially was her in a meeting. That’s not a nice introduction… So having her in prison and then a prison break out, with Cassian on a mission… everybody was a bit more ballsy, or a bit more exciting, and a bit more interesting.”
One of the big sticking points for fans was the changes made to the film’s final battle on the planet Scarif. Gilroy declined to give any details but did admit that “it changed quite a bit. The third act has a lot going on. You have like seven different action venues, the mechanics of the act changed quite a bit in terms of the characters, and I don’t want to go into too much detail about what had been there before, but it was different. We moved some of the things that our heroes did, they were different in the original then they were as it was conceived.”
Unfortunately, if you were looking forward to an extended edition of the film that includes these cut scenes, you’re out of luck. Goudie said the original cut was barely longer than the finished product.
“It was not much longer than the finished film. I think the first assembly was not far off actual release length. Maybe 10 minutes longer? I genuinely can’t remember because that was nearly a year ago now. There’s no mythical four hour cut, it doesn’t exist,” he said.
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.
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