*WARNING – CONTAINS ROGUE ONE SPOILERS*
While we saw quite a few snippets from the trailer removed from Rogue One‘s final cut in cinemas, it appears that the movie certainly didn’t fail in delivering a five-star cinematic experience and it’s fascinating to find out that the ending we’ve all witnessed wasn’t originally the one that was planned.
Director Gareth Edwards spoke on the Empire podcast and revealed things could have been quite different.
The very first version, they didn’t [die]. In the screenplay. And it was just assumed by us that we couldn’t do that. ‘They’re not going to let us do that.’ So I was trying to figure out how this ends where that doesn’t happen. And then everyone read that and there was this feeling of like, ‘They’ve got to die, right?’ And everyone was like, ‘Yeah, can we?’ We thought we weren’t going to be allowed to but Kathy [Kennedy], President of Lucasfilm] and everyone at Disney were like ‘Yeah it makes sense; I guess they have to because they’re not in A New Hope.’ And so from that point on we had the license.
I kept waiting for someone to go, ‘You know what? Could we just film an extra scene where we see Jyn and Cassian, they’re okay and they’re on another planet?’ And it never came. No one ever gave us that note, so we got to do it.
Thankfully, the film concluded with a truly well thought out ending and one that tied in perfectly with A New Hope, pleasing us fans to no end!
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