Whenever a movie hits theaters after extensive rumors regarding reshoots, it’s hard to go into that movie will a fully open mind. Like many film fans, I find myself wondering whether or not a scene was originally intended for the film, or was created as a result of said reshoots. This was especially the case with last year’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
We’ve reported on the confirmations in the past from our own sources that indeed around half the movie was reshot, and given that pretty much nothing from the original Rogue One teaser is actually in the movie, it seems to confirm these reports. However, unlike some films that are near-unsalvageable, Rogue One managed to land squarely on its fit, surviving on the strong filmmaking, great premise, and numerous OG trilogy tie-ins.
Without a doubt, one of the biggest tie-ins to the Star Wars universe is Darth Vader himself. His involvement came as no surprise to audiences. He was confirmed over a year prior to the film’s release, and he was also pushed in all the film’s marketing — which ensured that more casual fans would actually make it out to the theaters. But what about that key scene we saw near the tail end?
If you have yet to see Rogue One, it’s probably best that you didn’t read any further.
As you’ll recall, near the close of the film, there’s a scene where Vader fights his way down a dark corridor, ripping a bunch of Rebels to shreds in the process. In all honesty, this was a scene that on paper didn’t interest me at all. However, given the mounting tension in the film, and the nail-biting speed with which everything was happening, it was the scene I never knew I wanted. And I loved it. So was this a part of the main film?
Speaking with Yahoo! Movies, editor John Gilroy revealed that no, the scene was not in the original film:
“What was added — and it was a fantastic add — was the Vader action scene, with him boarding the ship and dispatching all those rebel soldiers. That was something conceptualized a little later.”
I have to say, that was an amazing set piece that will be enjoyed by fans for years to come. Looks like you can log this under the many circumstances in which a film was elevated by the reshoots.
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SOURCE: Yahoo! Movies