The trailers and TV spots for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story may reveal more about the much talked about reshoots than any of the news reports swirling around the first Star Wars spin-off. We know that the ending was changed, but there are quite a few moments that appear to be missing from the final cut of the movie. And these aren't scenes from the earliest trailers, either. Some of these moments are still airing as part of TV spots as we head into Rogue One's first weekend in theaters.
Rogue One is going to give Suicide Squad a run for its money in terms of what didn't make it into the movie. And sure, there were some Force Awakens moments from the trailers that still haven't been included in any of the Blu-ray releases. But there seems to be a lot more missing from Rogue One than we might have first expected. Now, before we go any further, now that there are some big SPOILERS from here on out. And you'll only have yourself to blame if you continue to read on, especially after you see some of the stuff that Yahoo UK has pointed out.
There was a lot made about Tony Gilroy, who wrote the original Jason Bourne trilogy, coming aboard to rewrite the script during reshoots, and helping to direct them as well. He apparently made $5 million for his trouble, but going over this excised footage, is there any wonder? Quite a bit has been changed, and it looks like there could be two completely different cuts of Rogue One in existence. It will be interesting to see if an extended cut is planned. Or if any of this footage will be released.
Back in May, rumors claimed that this standalone adventure was in "trouble," as the studio prepared for supposedly "extensive" reshoots. And extensive might be putting it lightly. At the time, stars such as Felicity Jones laughed off the rumors, reassuring fans the production wasn't in trouble. Tony Gilroy was first paid a sum of $200,000 a week to help write new dialogue and scenes for the Rogue One reshoots. That sum is said to be a "normal figure" for an in-demand writer working on a major studio tentpole film. His role later expanded, which lead to his paycheck ballooning to upwards of $5 million. Tony Gilroy started work on the reshoots in June, but he continued to work in post-production all through late November.
The reshoots are said to have "fixed" a number of different issues with the film, including giving the standalone adventure a new ending and more of a Star Wars feel. Tony Gilroy now has a shared screenplay credit on the film along with Chris Weitz, with Gary Whitta and John Knoll receiving story credit. From just what we see here in this story, big chunks of the movie's opening have been changed. Darth Vader was revitalized into a monster during reshoots. And the whole ending, including some key deaths, were changed. Here are all the images from the trailers in descending order along with the trailers at the very end, so you can watch some of this missing footage again.
Jyn Erso vs. The Tie Fighter
First and foremost, the most notable missing shot is a big money moment from the very first trailer. It sees Jyn Erso facing off against a Tie Fighter while she stands on an outside bridge at the Imperial outpost on Scarif. She is desperately trying to get a message to the Rebels that are up above, locked out of the planet by a big intergalactic gate that surrounds the Scarif, keeping them out. This one is hard to miss, because it seems that most of the scene is there. Except for the Tie Fighter. It appeared to be a big moment in the trailer, and it's one you keep waiting for, because it really is a cool shot. Who is in the Tie Fighter? That hasn't been revealed. But we do know that the ending we see in theaters has been greatly changed from the ending that made it into the movie. And we're pretty sure this Tie Fighter had something to do with the outcome of it all.
Darth Vader Introduction
Darth Vader is an old school character who gets one of the best scenes in the movie, when he ignites his lightsaber to take out a squadron of Rebel soldiers. But guess what? He's really not in the movie that much. Perhaps he gets a total of seven minutes screen time at most in this two hour adventure. But he makes the most of it. Thing is, there is definitely some Darth Vader footage that didn't make it into the final cut of the movie. Most notably, the first official image released of Darth Vader, which shows him standing with his back to the audience, in front of a red radar screen. It is no where to be found in the finished product. It's being speculated that the Darth Vader in the original cut, before the reshoots, was much more like the Darth Vader we know and love in A New Hope. That means he was slow, a little boring, and did a bunch of choking. He still gets to show off his signature chock hold in Rogue One, but the reshoots have made him a beast, and he gets one scene where he slaughters a bunch of Rebels like a scene out of a horror movie. He is full of energy, and not to be messed with.