Someone made a supercut of all the ~missing~ “Rogue One” footage and it is fascinating
Now that we’ve seen the latest Star Wars movie — and know exactly how the plans for the Death Star are stolen — we’re good to go ahead and spend the rest of our lives obsessing over what was cut and reshot for Rogue One.
Earlier this summer, word got out that Rogue One was going through extensive reshoots. This is totally common and normal for big budget movies, especially for big budget Star Wars movies. At the time, no one was really sure WHAT was happening with these reshoots (and sources seemed to indicate that they were ordered to include in Young Han Solo, and obviously that did not happen), but Rogue One went back into production for four weeks. Still, not totally uncommon! Reshoots for movies are normal!
But since this is Star Wars, everyone kinda freaked out, of course.
If you look at the early trailers for Rogue One, and compare that to the final movie, it’s not too hard to figure out what was reshot. It appears as if a lot of the third act was reworked — to include in more action, or take it out, or completely change the ending, no one knows. We’ll probably never know. However, that won’t stop us from trying to figure out what was changed from one version of Rogue One to the next.
If this is something you find yourself deeply invested in, you’re not the only one. Vashi Nedomansky, an editor (who has worked on recent movies like Deadpool and Gone Girl) decided to take all that ~missing~ footage from the trailers that never made it into the final release of Rogue One, and cut it all together.
What we have here is a trailer for Rogue One…a Rogue One we never saw.
"I have isolated 46 individual shots that were shared in the promotional material but never made the final cut of the film," Vashi writes on his website. "Apparently 40% of the film was reshot which leads one to believe that changes in the tone, structure and story occurred for whatever reason. The bottom line is you still have to sell and promote the final product that the paying audience will see. The trailer is the hook. You can give it all away or allude to something that may not actually happen."
While Vashi’s trailer does technically tell the same story of Rogue One — you know, stealing those plans — the tone and action feel completely different. And, it’s not that we’re complaining about the Rogue One currently in theaters (our review: ???) but it is interesting to think of what *might* have been had this footage remained in the movie. Just one of life’s many unanswered Star Wars questions.