Star Wars: Rogue One's Ending And A New Hope's Beginning Have Finally Been Blended Together Perfectly

The closing minutes of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story lead directly into the opening moments of the original Star Wars: A New Hope. Now, one fan has taken the two sequences and put them together so that we can all see just how well they work together. By removing the opening text crawl of the original Star Wars film you get a pretty seamless transition from Princess Leia's escape with the Death Star plans to Darth Vader catching up and capturing the ship, check it out.

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The video, created by Barre Fong (opens in new tab), picks up as the Death Star plans are being copied after being transmitted up from the planet's surface. From there we follow them all the way into the hands of Princess Leia. Then we shift over to the opening of the original Star Wars, which we watch through the very last scene on board the Princess's ship.

If these scenes were taking place in the same movie they would work together almost perfectly. The only problem is that usually if Star Wars movies jump in time like that, they'll transition to another character's story for awhile. The only thing missing is a wipe to another scene for a minute before returning to the chase through space. From a storytelling standpoint, this works well.

From a technical standpoint, it's also well done. We get a chance to really see how faithfully the spaceship was recreated for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. When we see the corridor in Rogue One, it matches up perfectly with what was created for the original movie back in 1977. We can also take a good and close look at the digital recreation of Princess Leia that was done for the newest Star Wars movie. While we can't claim it's a perfect recreation, it's honestly much better than you likely remember. Although, looking at them side by side, you will notice the one major difference between the two sequences, the color saturation. Rogue One isn't nearly as bright, a move that may very well have been made in order to help the digital creations work better.

Princess Leia in Rogue One and A New Hope

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story certainly did everything right in order to make itself part of the larger universe. It fits in perfectly as we see here. These two sequences fit so well together, it brings up the issue oh how Rogue One will fit into future marathons of the series. Will you be watching it at the beginning of your next Star Wars movie marathon or will you wait and watch it at the end since it's the most recent film? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.


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