The critics have delighted and the box-office has swooned, but as the trailers have demonstrably proven – big chunks of “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” in its original form lay on the Lucasfilm cutting room floor.
‘Rogue’ underwent tremendous changes through reshoots with the ending complete rejiggered, certain characters and story arcs tweaked, and various scenes shot with entirely different versions.
Actor Ben Mendelsohn, who plays antagonist Director Krennic, confirms to Collider that director Gareth Edwards was developing some of these characters as they shot the film:
“I think that Krennic developed sort of along as we went, [the director] had different ideas….He was still thinking of a couple of variations in a lot of things at [the pitch] stage. If you want to talk about alternative takes on things, there’s been quite a few different renderings of this within Gareth’s mind, and I dare say some of it’s been captured on film. So there are different renderings.
We did have multiple, multiple ways of going at any given scenario, we had multiple readings of it. So should they ever decided 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.”
So could a whole different version of “Rogue One” be cobbled together from alternate takes? Mendelsohn says:
“Absolutely, with enormous differences within I would’ve said 20 or 30 of the scenes. There really would be. There would be enormously different renderings.”
Hopefully some of this material will surface in the home video release. ‘Rogue One’ is currently in cinemas and is rumored to be hitting disc and digital in April.