Star Wars Writer Reveals Original Shock Ending To Rogue One

Would this have been an improvement?

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story poster Felicity Jones
Force is strong Rogue One: A Star Wars Story's Felicity Jones. Image Disney/Lucasfilm

Star Wars spin-off Rogue One proved a huge success with critics and fans alike when it was released late last year, but things were nearly very different.

The movie underwent several major edits and re-shoots prior to its release, and it’s now been revealed that the original script actually featured a totally different ending to the one we ended up with.

(Warning: spoilers ahead)

As fans will remember, the rebel heroes in the movie – including Felicity Jones’ Jyn Erso and Diego Luna’s Cassian Andor – lost their lives after successfully handing over the plans for the Death Star.

Jyn and Diego’s final moments on the beach as the planet Eadu implodes are amongst the most bittersweet in the entire film series, but the moment nearly didn’t happen.

Rogue One screenwriter Gary Whitta revealed all during an interview with Comicbook.com, saying: “We always felt that it was the right thing to do, that these characters make the ultimate sacrifice. It wasn’t that way in my original script, but again, we never felt that we would get away with it.

“K-2 always died, but Jyn survived in the very first version of the movie that we developed, and then it was Gareth who kept pushing for it, saying, “I feel like they need to die. They need to die.” Eventually he convinced [Disney and Lucasfilm].”

Perhaps surprisingly, Disney loved the idea of the main cast members dying, and the final cut of the movie was settled upon.

 

In another interview with Entertainment Weekly, Whitta explained how the events of the movie were originally going to play out, saying: “A rebel ship came down and got them off the surface. The transfer of the plans happened later.

“They jumped away and later [Leia’s] ship came in from Alderaan to help them. The ship-to-ship data transfer happened off Scarif… They got away in an escape pod just in time. The pod looked like just another piece of debris.”

As it happened, the filmmakers bold decision paid off, and the movie took over $1 billion at the box office. We almost wish Felicity Jones’ Jyn Erso had survived though – Rogue One 2 would have been great, right?

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Loaded staff writer Harry Fletcher has covered news, sport and entertainment for several major websites across the UK. Follow him on Twitter at @Harry__Fletcher.