Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is already having a good 2017. After pulling in huge numbers worldwide at the tail end of last year, and winning over fans and critics alike, the latest Star Wars film broke the $800 million mark for global ticket sales just yesterday. Those new numbers helped it edge out Captain America: Civil War to become the second most lucrative film of last year, just behind Finding Dory. Along with the success of Doctor Strange, Zootopia, and The Jungle Book, Disney is riding high thanks to their various assets.
While Rogue One has only been in theaters a few weeks, it’s still taught us a lot about the Star Wars universe. We’ve learned more about the Force, discovered tons of connections to A New Hope, and got a look at various Easter eggs for the animated series Star Wars Rebels. All in all, it’s a great time to be a Star Wars fan. There’s also been lots of info about the making of the movie, including a deconstruction of the film’s new ships and vehicles, and a special set to air on Nightline that will detail how Grand Moff Tarkin was recreated with CGI. Though there sadly won’t be a director’s cut of the movie, we do know that a number of scenes were removed from the final product, and that some last minute reshoots altered a few key parts of the story.
Thanks to Lucasfilm (h/t /Film), we’ve now got a look at a couple of those missing scenes from Rogue One. Check them out in the gallery below.
We recently learned that an opening crawl had been cut from Rogue One, and these images prove it wasn’t the only part of the film to get the axe. The first two shots highlight what looks to be an alternate ending for the film where Jyn Erso, Cassian Andor, and K-2SO all make it out of the archives alive with the Death Star plans (which you can see sitting on Jyn’s bag). While the entire Rogue crew sacrificing themselves for the plans made for a powerful climax, it makes sense that all involved would want to at least test out the option of them escaping and making it back to the beach. In the photo of Jyn and Cassian, you can also see Baze Malbus, meaning he survived in this version as well. The second image shows Alan Tudyk in the motion capture gear for K-2 along with director Gareth Edwards, which is likely from the same scene.
The other photo released has Director Krennic pulling his blaster on someone inside an Imperial Base. /Film speculates this could be the same scene that sees Krennic and Tarkin come to verbal blows over who should command the Death Star, and this is likely the case. Whether this was an extended cut of the scene from the film, or an alternate version where Krennic decides to take more action, we’ll just have to wait and see.
Hopefully, all of these missing scenes (and more) will come to light when Rogue One releases on DVD and Blu-ray. We’ll bring you more news as it arrives.
Source: Lucasfilm [via /Film]