The director of "Rogue One" reveals exactly *why* the film was reshot, and it makes so much sense
We’re a mere three weeks away from Rogue One arriving on DVD and Blu Ray, out April 4th. But yet, here we are once again. Talking about the (now infamous) Rogue One reshoots.
Last summer, Rogue One went through extensive reshoots for ~unknown reasons~. There was a lot of panic and confusion surrounding the reshoots, because, STAR WARS! When Rogue One was released this past holiday season — thought it wasn’t confirmed at the time — audience members were able to piece together what had been reworked for the movie’s release. Looking at early trailers for the film, and the finished version, it became clear that the third act of the movie was completely redone.
And this assumption — true!
Talking to /Film, Rogue One’s director, Gareth Edwards, explained that yes, the third act of the film was completely reshot. As we’ve already figured out (and these are spoilers, but also COME ON), originally Jyn and Cassian got the plans for the Death Star in one building, and they have to a race to another building to get to the satellite tower. This caused them to run across the Scarif beach, something we never see.
YOU KNOW, THIS MIA SCENE FROM THE TRAILERS:
The ultimate reason this scene was cut, and subsequently prompted Rogue One to be reworked? It was too long.
Okay, okay, makes sense. But considering that the third act of Rogue One was hands-down one of the most heart-pounding acts of any Star Wars movie, honestly none of us would have probably minded much if it went on for just a tad big longer…
However, Gareth minded.
So in the end, the Rogue One reshoots were all due to the timing of the movie. With that being said, the original third act was still shot, and it’s somewhere out there, probably in some Disney vault labeled “STAR WARS.” Might we ever see it?
There’s no harm in asking again, so get ready to be asked about the ~original~ Rogue One ending a billion times until the end of time, Disney and Lucasfilm.