We know that Rogue One: A Star Wars Story went through some significant reshoots after the end of principal photography. Now, the editors who put the final film together have opened up about exactly what got added to make the movie what we saw in theaters. It sounds like Rogue One was a very different film. While third act reshoots were significant, there were also additions made to the beginning of the film that had to be dealt with throughout the entire story.
We'd heard that a lot of the reshoots in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story were done to change the end of the movie. John Gilroy, one of three editors of Rogue One, confirms that this is true, but he also tells Yahoo Movies UK that they made changes to the beginning as well. It appears that our first exposure to several of the films' characters wasn't originally designed to happen as it did. We seemingly wouldn't have met Cassian Andor until Jyn met him at the rebel base. This means we wouldn't have known what sort of man he was until much later in the film. The intro scene with the spy gives us a much clearer view of the lengths he's willing to go. We apparently also would not have seen how the Rebels get their hands on Jyn. It seems the movie would have opened on the rebel base without much prolog.
Of course, While much of the reshoots created new material, we have to assume that they also replaced old material as well. There were a lot of scenes that we saw in trailers that never made it into the finished movie. If the reshoots were responsible for making the movie that we got, one becomes curious what sort of movie we would have received had the reshoots never happened.
We know we won't be getting an extended cut DVD when Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is released, but an alternate cut wouldn't be out of line. We're certainly curious what the original intentions were for the first spinoff Star Wars movie.
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