If you have not heard about Rogue One: A Star Wars Story yet, then you are most definitely living under a rock. It is getting amazing reviews, and movie-goers are raving about the film weeks after its theatrical release. If you have paid any attention to the promotional material from the film, then you know that there was a ton of footage cut from the last cut of the film. If you have a keen eye, then you might also notice a few different versions of scenes from the way they were in the trailers as well.
So, what were all the changes made to Rogue One? What scenes were cut? We may never know the answers to this, but we can hope that the deleted scenes are included on the Blu-ray. It is no secret that the film went through some major reworking in the weeks leading up to the theatrical release date. Ben Mendelsohn, who plays Director Krennic (the big bad of the film), told Collider that some of the characters were reworked during shooting:
“I think that Krennic developed 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 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.”
According to Mendelsohn, they could piece together an entirely different film with all the cuts and reworked scenes:
“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.”
Rogue One is currently in theaters, and will be available on disk and in digital formats sometime in April.
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