Although the first anthology film of the Star Wars franchise in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story premiered in theaters two weeks ago bringing in positive reception from virtually all viewers, it was only six months ago when many were not positive the film would be as successful as it is today. It was during the summer when Disney announced director Gareth Edwards and the rest of the Rogue One cast would rejoin following the conclusion of filming to perform re-shoots. It was stated the original footage was “too dark” for Disney and Gareth Edwards’ original vision was altered. As a result, many film reporters took this as a chance to instill the potential fear of a poor film into the hearts of movie-goers. Many were worried the re-shoots were a result of simply a poor movie, which re-shoots may not be able to mend. However, those worries were seemingly forgotten as Rogue One finally premiered and many fans and critics alike were content with the final product.
Regardless of viewers’ satisfaction with the final Rogue One product, many have wondered what the original, unaltered, cut would entail and how it would differ from what can be seen today. According to a recent interview between one of the film’s lead antagonists in Ben Mendelsohn and Collider, there are many different variations of several scenes within the movie that exist as a result of the re-shoots. During that interview, Mendelsohn was quoted, saying:
“We did have multiple, multiple ways of going at any given scenario, we had multiple readings of it. So should they ever decide to, there would be a wealth of ways of approaching these different things. And I know from having seen sort of the crucial kind of scenes throughout it, I know there’s vastly different readings of at least four of those scenes. There are enormous differences within, I would’ve said 20 or 30 of the scenes. There really would be. There would be enormously different renderings.”
With such a great amount of different scenes that were filmed, there are surely many fans who are hoping to see them in the future, whether on the Rogue One blu-ray or somewhere online. There are many things that were shown in the trailers which were absent from the movie, especially in regards to the film’s finale. For instance, the shot of Jyn running across the beach towards several AT-CT’s with what appeared to be the death star plans clipped to her belt, as well as the beautifully done shot of Mendelsohn’s character, Director Krennic, walking across the beach during what appears to be the conclusion of the battle.
According to the variety of scenes which can be found in the trailers that were excluded from the film, as well as Mendelsohn’s confirmation, there are evidently several different versions of Rogue One which were filmed but not used for the final product. Hopefully more details of these variations will be made known to the public in time, as there are surely many fans who would be eager to learn of what was originally part of Gareth Edwards’ vision and what was almost seen in theaters.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter