Yahoo Movies nabbed an exclusive interview with two of Rogue One’s editors, and in the piece they explain exactly what changed in the film from its summer time reshoots when compared to what was been shown in the film’s early trailers. The two editors are John Gilroy and Colin Goudie, and the former has worked on plenty of big budget films, while the latter has worked with Gareth Edwards in the past.
Both talked to Yahoo Movies about the film’s reshoots, which they said mostly added character spotlight moments to the early half of the movie, while also reshaping the climax and how the heroes faired. When asked how the reshoots changed the film Gilroy said, “They gave you the film that you see today. I think they were incredibly helpful. The story was reconceptualised to some degree, there were scenes that were added at the beginning and fleshed out. We wanted to make more of the other characters, like Cassian’s character [Cassian Andor, the Rebel spy played by Diego Luna], and Bodhi’s character [Bodhi Rook, the defected Imperial pilot played by Riz Ahmed].” He want on to add that, “The scene with Cassian’s introduction with the spy, Bodhi traipsing through Jedha on his way to see Saw, these are things that were added. Also Jyn [Jyn Erso, the reluctant leader of the film, played by Felicity Jones], how we set her up and her escape from the transporter, that was all done to set up the story better.”
Essentially, the character introduction scenes were all added in after the fact to help develop them better and make them more personable. Jyn was first to be shown as an adult in the Rebel meeting room, but now we have more of a build up of her adult character before she makes it to that Rebel briefing. You get the same with Bodhi and Cassian, who both now have their own little introduction scenes to setup their characters better.
As Gilroy mentioned above these small changes caused ripple effects throughout the film, which is why parts of the trailers from the climax are no longer in the final edit. The changes required the storytellers to tie up the fates of the Heroes in different fashions, but unfortunately they’re remaining mum on exactly what changed during the film’s final battle. I guess that will be up for discussion when the various forms of the film’s home release get discussed.
You can read more of the interview on Yahoo Movies UK.
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