Earlier this year, news came out that Rogue One: A Star Wars Story was undergoing extensive reshoots. Naturally, some fans took this as a sign that the first Star Wars Anthology film was a mess and that the final product would be yet another disappointing prequel for the franchise. Now that the film is out and getting positive reviews from both fans and critics, it seems safe to say that reshoots ultimately benefited the film, but looking back at the trailers, it’s clear that a lot of footage got left on the cutting room floor.
Like many of us, film editor Vashi Nedomansky was a bit disappointed that some of the scenes from the trailers didn’t make it into the final cut, explaining that he “did miss some of the trailer moments that resonated with me.” So he took it upon himself to make “Rogue One: The Glorious Unused Footage” which collects together 46 scenes and bits of dialogue that didn’t make it into the movie and it’s quite eye-opening.
The biggest takeaway might be how different the film’s final act plays out compared to what was originally planned. As Nedomansky’s video shows, characters such as Jyn and Cassian are present on the beach when the AT-ATs start firing on the Rebels and in the film they are already inside the Imperial base when this happens. Otherwise, it looks like a lot of cool shots didn’t make the cut either, including a few with Orson Krennic and his glorious cape. Those should have never been cut and neither should the scene where he explains the power of the Death Star to Vader — there’s already not much Vader in the movie as it is, so why would a scene like this need to be cut?
Oh well, maybe one day we’ll get a Star Wars movie that Disney doesn’t hack to bits in the editing room.