Director Gareth Edwards has recently revealed some interesting details about the original ending of Rogue One.
Edwards revealed to Slashfilm that the original ending was simply too long. “In cutting the film, it just felt too long. We had to find ways to compress the third act, which was quite long as it was. And one real, fast, brutal solution was to put the tower in the base, so they don’t have to run across the beach and do all of that stuff to get there. That became a decision that eliminated the shots you see in the trailer of the back of Cassian and Jyn and the AT-ATs. That was some of the reinvention that happened. It was all to do with compression.”
Edwards also shared that while the ending would have been very exciting, its long nature would ultimately hurt the film more than it would have helped.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is the first standalone film in the new Star Wars Anthology series. The Star Wars Anthology series will contain standalone films used to show different aspects of the ongoing war between the Rebel Alliance and the Galactic Empire, without a heavy focus on a more internal struggle between the Jedi and Sith.
Rogue One is a film directed by Gareth Edwards. It occurs between Episode III: Revenge of the Sith and Episode IV: A New Hope. The story follows the main protagonist Jyn Erso, daughter of Galen Erso, architect of the Death Star. The characters are played by Felicity Jones and Mads Mikkelson, respectively. Jyn and a team of rebels infiltrate the Empire to steal the Death Star plans for the Rebel Alliance. The team includes Diego Luna as Cassian Andor, a Rebel Alliance Intelligence officer. Also, Donnie Yen as Chirrut Imwe, a blind warrior. And Alan Tudyk as K-2SO, a reprogrammed Imperial enforcer droid who is allies with Cassian. Riz Ahmed plays Bohdi Rook, an Imperial pilot who defects to the Rebel Alliance.