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Tuesday, 3 January 2017

Don't Expect A Rogue One Extended Cut

It's no secret that Rogue One: A Star Wars Story underwent some pretty significant changes before hitting theaters. The closest we've seen of these cuts were a few scenes showcased in some of the trailers that were either modified or completely missing from the final version of the movie.

Today, editors John Gilroy and Colin Goudie spoke with Yahoo! UK about some of the changes that took place due to the reshoots.

First, Gilroy revealed that a lot of changes took place during the first act of the film.

“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 (Diego Luna), and Bodhi’s character (Riz Ahmed). 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 (Felicity Jones), how we set her up and her escape from the transporter, that was all done to set up the story better.”

Goudie added: “The point with the opening scenes that John was just describing was that the introductions in the opening scene, in the prologue, was always the same. Jyn’s just a little girl, so when you see her as an adult what you saw initially was her in a meeting. That’s not a nice introduction. So having her in prison and then a prison break out, with Cassian on a mission… everybody was a bit more ballsy, or a bit more exciting, and a bit more interesting.”

Gilroy also went on to reveal that the third act of the movie ended up changing quite a bit.

“It changed quite a bit. The third act has a lot going on. You have like seven different action venues, the mechanics of the act changed quite a bit in terms of the characters, and I don’t want to go into too much detail about what had been there before, but it was different. We moved some of the things that our heroes did, they were different in the original than they were as it was conceived.”

Goudie would also dismiss rumors of a major extended cut sitting out there somewhere, revealing that Gareth Edwards' version really wasn't that much longer than the theatrical cut.

“It was not much longer than the finished film. I think the first assembly was not far off actual release length. Maybe 10 minutes longer? I genuinely can’t remember because that was nearly a year ago now. There’s no mythical four hour cut, it doesn’t exist.”

So, fans shouldn't expect to see some major extended version of the film showing up on Blu-Ray and DVD. Although, we must admit that we're curious to see which of the movie's deleted and altered scenes will make it on to the home video release later this year.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is in theaters now.

Source: Yahoo! UK 

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