Rogue One almost featured Darth Vader starting his Rebel slaughter on the Scarif beach. Original screenwriter Gary Whitta made the reveal on social media earlier this week. For many Star Wars fans, Rogue One is one of the best projects Disney has put out with the franchise since 2015, though there are still some very disliked portions of it. Whatever the case may be, there was a lot that changed behind-the-scenes before the final cut ended up on the big screen.
When asked if there was anything crazy that he had to leave out of Rogue One, Gary Whitta went back to the iconic Darth Vader scene. As it turns out, we were originally going to see Vader a lot sooner than what was shown, which would have had an entirely different effect. Gary Whitta had this to say about adding Vader in earlier.
"Rebel ground troops bunkered in around the Imperial comms tower on Scarif, stormtroopers can't break through to get to Jyn who's on her way to transmit plans. Vader says. 'put me on that beach.' Carnage ensues. You ended up seeing something like that in the corridor scene though."
Had Darth Vader stormed the beach in Rogue One, there would have been a lot of Star Wars fans pointing out that Anakin Skywalker hates sand. Skywalker has said it himself, so it would have been a deeply frustrating moment for the villain to step foot on a sandy beach to take out some Rebel scum. Regardless, Vader probably would have done what needed to be done to complete his mission, even if it included having to get some sand out of his suit afterwards.
While seeing Darth Vader mow down Rebels on the beach would have been a neat visual, it also would have taken away from how well the movie ends. There are still a number of Star Wars fans who aren't into the way it lines up with A New Hope for various reasons, but the majority of fans were shocked by the big reveal at the tail-end of Rogue One. The Scarif scene would have introduced Vader earlier and could have made the corridor scene less effective as a result, so it seems it's for the better that it didn't make it into the movie.
Apparently, Gary Whitta had a much different ending for Rogue One than what made the final cut. Screenwriter Chris Weitz revealed that before he joined the project, the story had a happy ending, which involved a wedding under the "presumption that Disney wouldn't allow characters to die with such abandon." Weitz went on to say, "I felt it was necessary (to kill off the characters) because nobody ever mentions them or sees them again," he said. "But also because we've done this whole sort of theme about sacrifice that it was appropriate that all of our main characters die." In the end, it seems that the darker ending was the right choice. You can check out Gary Whitta's Twitter reveal below.
Rebel ground troops bunkered in around the Imperial comms tower on Scarif, stormtroopers can’t break through to get to Jyn who’s on her way to transmit plans. Vader says “put me on that beach.” Carnage ensues. You ended up seeing something like that in the corridor scene though. https://t.co/vvQKGPSgDr— Gary Whitta (@garywhitta) January 21, 2020