*CAUTION: MAJOR SPOILERS FOR ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY AHEAD*
A significant chunk of the publicity mill surrounding Rogue One's release focused on rumours of drastic re-shoots.
They were fairly easily dismissed as standard practice in Hollywood film-making, and the film's critical success has shown there was never much need to worry about the fate of the first of the planned Star Wars anthology films.
However, looking back at the film's vast swathes of promotional material potentially tells a very different story, with key scenes and action sequences highlighted in Rogue One's various trailers now tellingly absent from the final cut.
Thankfully, two of the film's editors - John Gilroy and Colin Goudie - have been able to shine a light on the matter.
"I think everyone knew, from the offset, everything was always scheduled from day one for there to be pickups like on every film," Goudie told Yahoo Movies. "We did exactly the same thing on Monsters, we always knew we were going to go back and do pickups, and it was the same thing with Rogue One, it was just something that was on the schedule. We were always going to be there and it was a case of working out, as the story went on, which pieces need a bit more clarification, which places needed a bit more character."
"The story was re-conceptualised to some degree, there were scenes that were added at the beginning and fleshed out," Gilroy said. "We wanted to make more of the other characters, like Cassian’s character [Diego Luna], and Bodhi’s character [Riz Ahmed]. The scene with Cassian’s introduction with the spy, Bodhi traipsing through Jedha on his way to see Saw, these are things that were added.
"Also Jyn [Felicity Jones], how we set her up and her escape from the transporter, that was all done to set up the story better." Goudie added further. "the introduction in the opening scene, in the prologue, was always the same. Jyn’s just a little girl, so when you see her as an adult what you saw initially was her in a meeting. That’s not a nice introduction. So having her in prison and then a prison break out, with Cassian on a mission… everybody was a bit more ballsy, or a bit more exciting, and a bit more interesting."
Gilroy also explained how different the third act turned out to be: "It changed quite a bit. The third act has a lot going on. You have like seven different action venues, the mechanics of the act changed quite a bit in terms of the characters, and I don’t want to go into too much detail about what had been there before, but it was different. We moved some of the things that our heroes did, they were different in the original then they were as it was conceived."
"Because you needed to figure that out, and everything else changes. Everything was connected to everything so doing something to one venue would change all the other venues, so really we had to… we were working on that until the last minute, because we working closely with ILM, they were giving us temporary shots and we’d put them in, we’d work them, we’d reconceive again. It was really like a very tight puzzle and we had to keep honing that and honing that, and I’m very proud of what we did there."
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is in cinemas now.
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