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With the Star Wars stand-alone now available as a digital download and coming to Blu-ray on April 4, it was the perfect time to talk to the writer, director, and actors from the film about how it evolved on its journey from the script, to set, to reshoots, and, finally, to the editing room.
Here’s the complete collection of reveals:
Before getting the go-ahead for Rogue One‘s sacrificial ending, the writers came up with an escape plan (for at least some of the heroes) in the very earliest script.
Darth Vader was always going to be used sparingly in Rogue One, but “spare” isn’t exactly in the Dark Lord’s personal lexicon. In early drafts of the story, his merciless nature was highlighted in the cruel and unusual execution of a member of the Imperial high command.
One early idea directly linked Rogue One to George Lucas’ prequel trilogy and the Clone Wars, setting the opening during the events of Revenge of the Sith. “The prologue, at one point a long time ago, was going to be the Empire coming to kill the Jedi,” director Gareth Edwards says. “And Jyn’s mom was going to be a Jedi.”
Jyn Erso’s limping showdown with a hovering TIE Fighter has had fans guessing ever since it appeared in a trailer — but not the finished movie. Finally, we get an explanation (although it’s a frustrating one) about what happened. Also: We found out how the planet nearly had another close call in Rogue One, details of cameos that were considered, and an explanation for why early footage had Jyn and Cassian running across the beach with stolen data tapes.