John Gilroy, the editor of the recent “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” has confirmed something that many fans have already suspected – that the most well-received single moment of the film was entirely a product of the reshoots.
In the final stages of “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” audiences got to see Darth Vader at full strength as he brutally used his lightsaber and Force powers to slaughter Rebel soldiers in an attempt to recover the Death Star plans. Gilroy confirmed to Yahoo the scene was added down the line:
“What was added — and it was a fantastic add — was the Vader action scene, with him boarding the ship and dispatching all those rebel soldiers. That was something conceptualized a little later… It was a really great punch in the arm and something I think fans wanted to see.”
Gilroy says that the general narrative plan was always to have Vader in rapid pursuit of the plans once they left Scarif, but this scene allowed the Sith Lord a chance for some action. Vader’s only other scenes, be they left in or cut from the film, involved mostly standing around.