Warning: Major SPOILERS For Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Follow
Still with me? Alright, let’s get right into it. Rogue One was, in many aspects, a war movie – even more so, than a Star Wars one. For that reason, it made sense for it not to have a happy, romantic ending. Although they succeeded in stealing the Death Star’s construction plans, Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones) and her entire team met their demise at the end of the film. Director Gareth Edwards, however, revealed in a recent interview that the original, pre-reshoot cut featured a very different ending.
“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.”
As I mentioned before, Rogue One had a war movie feeling to it, which makes the ending very logical. In a civil war of galactic scale with weapons powerful enough to destroy entire planets, there will be casualties.
However, lead actress Felicity Jones is actually contracted for one more Star Wars movie. While this doesn’t mean she will definitely be in one, it does sustain the possibility. It is likely, though, that her contract was made in a stage of production where Jyn’s final fate was still unclear.