Nightline Spotlights The Groundbreaking CGI Used in ‘Rogue One’



Rumors swirled around the internet for almost a year before the release of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story that the film would include a digital resurrection of Peter Cushing’s character Grand Moff Tarkin from original Star Wars. Given the film’s plot, the involvement of his character was essential to not only for Rogue One to make sense but also for it to seamlessly connect to A New Hope.

Last night, Nightline debuted a short special which spotlighted Chief Creative Officer and Senior Visual Effects Supervisor at Industrial Light & Magic and what the team went through in order to include not only Tarkin but also Princess Leia in the film. The special gives us a look at both Guy Henry and Ingvild Deila, the actor, and actress who were used on set to perform the motion capture for the characters. If you’ve seen the film, you know just how incredible of a job ILM did even if the resurrections fell into the uncanny valley for you. For me personally, I thought Tarkin looked absolutely incredible. Not only did I find his likeness to be impeccable, I was tremendously impressed by the performance that came through for Peter Cushing.

The special also includes a few glimpses at the incredible use of projection screens Gareth Edwards opted to use instead of green screens for the filming of pilots in cockpits for the climactic space battle on and over Scariff.


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‘Rogue One’ Model Effects Supervisor Explains How They Rebuilt The Models From ‘Star Wars’

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The second fans saw the Star Destroyer in the first official teaser for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story it was evident the franchise was going back to its roots and using models for the Empires capital ships and blending them with modern CGI.

Now Model Effects Supervisor Russ Paulfrom takes you behind the scenes, offering a fascinating and in-depth explanation of how the model effects team rebuilt models from the original Star Wars and used parts from the same model kits to assemble the U-wing and the shield gate.

SOURCE: Hollywood Life: According to NY MaGee ( via SWNN)

‘Rogue One’ Editors Reveal Which Scenes Were From The Reshoots



Since the spring of last year, reports of extensive reshoots for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story loomed heavily over the production after Disney Executives were seemingly unsatisfied with the initial cut of the film delivered by Gareth Edwards. As a fan, I didn’t care exactly what was going to be reshot as long as you couldn’t tell and even though the reworking of the third act became apparent upon viewing the film as much of the action from the trailer was unfolding differently, I think we can all agree Lucasfilm made the right decisions to give us what I think is a borderline masterpiece as far as the third act goes.

But it wasn’t just the third act that was reworked. Leading up to the film’s release it was revealed that the character of Bodhi played by Riz Ahmed was a big part of the reshoots as Lucasfilm wanted to offer a bit more screentime to flesh out the Imperial defector. While speaking with Yahoo! UK, editors John Gilroy and Colin Goudie were asked about the reshoots and Gilroy revealed just exactly which scenes were added into the mix to flesh out not just Bodhi, by Cassian Andor played by Diego Luna as well:

“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 and Bodhi’s character.

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.”

Funny enough, the beginning is where I think the film had its biggest flaws. While Cassian’s introduction was fantastic and worked perfectly — totally hooking me into his character — Bodhi’s introduction, on the other hand, was rushed and squeezed in between Cassian and adult Jyn’s introductions. We go from the trading outpost with Cassian to Jedha with Bodhi for a scene that clocks in at about one minute before jumping to Jyn’s rescue from the Imperial labor camp on Wobani. It’s just too much too fast. That and the biggest problem I think Rogue One has, which is most apparent with Bodhi, is that there far too much telling and not enough showing. We are told that Bodhi defected and that it was Galen who compelled him to do so. We are told about Jyn’s criminal past in her briefing from Mon Mothma after seeing her escape from imprisonment rather than showing what lead her to being in that cell in the first place. The adding of Jyn’s escape was extremely necessary, though. Had they jumped from young Jyn to her briefing at the Rebel base on Yavin 4 would have been even more jarring than the lack of the crawl.

My dreams that we would get to see some of that added exposition were dashed when Goudie was asked by Yahoo about the initial cut and how the length of that cut changed compared to the theatrical release:

“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.”

While I’m not a fan of Warner Bros. releasing extended cuts of the DCEU films on blu-ray, I would eat up all the Star Wars I could get. I think Rogue One would actually benefit greatly from an extended cut. The film didn’t have much time to spend with the characters who I now love and it would be great to get to spend just a little more time with each and every one of them. Especially Cassian, that dude is rad.


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Michael’s Top 5 Films of 2016

First, I have to start by saying I had an incredibly busy fall which prevented me from getting out to the theater as much as I would have liked to. Unfortunately, I have not seen many of the films which have garnered the most oscar buzz including Hacksaw Ridge, Hell or Highwater, Manchester by the Sea, La La Land, Arrival, Silence, The Edge of Seventeen, and Moonlight. Therefore, this list will be vastly different from the lists of many others although I’m sure it would be comprised of much of those titles had I seen them.


5. Kubo and the Two Strings


From Laika studios and first-time director Travis Knight comes a passionate love letter to storytelling itself. The film is an absolute must-see for all movie lovers and writers. Kubo features an incredible blend of CGI and stop-motion animation that will most likely be overlooked at the Oscars but deserves all the awards and praise it can get.



4. Deadpool

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After a decade of championing the project, Ryan Reynolds finally brought Deadpool to fruition with director Tim Miller. The film which ended up becoming the highest grossing Rated-R film of all time was made on a modest budget of 58 million dollars and felt just as large as any Marvel or DC feature thanks to Miller’s VFX house Blur Studios doing much of the visual effects for free.



3. Sing Street

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An incredible coming of age story of a young boy who finds his voice (pun intended), leading him to become a man and conquer his world. The film set in 1980’s Dublin features an incredible soundtrack of original songs written by director John Carney and singer-songwriter Gary Clark, sung by the film’s star Ferdia Walsh-Peelo.



2. Captain America: Civil War

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The Russo Brothers once again prove themselves as the best Directors in the MCU. They do an incredible job balancing out both Team Cap and Team Iron Man throughout the film. The motivations are clear and the characters are provided equal screen time to support their sides of the argument. It doesn’t matter whether your Team Cap or Team Iron Man, you can absolutely understand the opposing side. What makes it so compelling is that both sides are right.



1. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

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No, Rogue One isn’t perfect. It suffers from a lack of characterization and some pacing issues but it still manages to come together in the end and serve as an incredible lead into A New Hope.The third act is a borderline masterpiece which delivers some of the greatest moments in Star Wars history. Never again will we look at the original Star Wars nor the Rebellion in the same way. The film itself opens the door to the limitless potential Lucasfilm has with standalone Star Wars features separate from the Skywalker saga.


‘Star Wars: Rebels’ Might Show The Battle of Scarif From the Ghost’s Perspective


Rogue One: A Star Wars Story featured several Star Wars: Rebels easter eggs including multiple shots of the Ghost, an appearance by Chopper, and the name Syndullah heard over the Massassi base’s intercom system.

Next month the series will begin to explore connections to Rogue One as Forest Whitaker reprises his role as Saw Gerrera, hopefully showing us just how Gerrera’s extremist ways led to him becoming a PR problem for the Rebellion and ultimately his exit alliance to form the splinter cell seen in Rogue One.

But it seems Gerrera may not be the only time Rebels connects to Rogue One. In a recent round-up of all the Rebels easter eggs from EW, Rebels EP Dave Filoni teased the series may eventually show us the Battle of Scarif from the Ghost crews perspective:

“I already have some theories about the story behind it…I can imagine doing that entire [Scarif] battle from their point of view, whoever is on the Ghost at that point.”

Considering we know Hera and the Ghost are part of the battle it only makes sense for the show to include the Battle of Scarif once the series catches up to that point in time in about two seasons. This news gives me hope that whoever is on the Ghost at that time has the potential to survive the Rebels series and appear in other forms of canon whether it be another animated series, comic, or novel. My only concern is that we could get a watered down version of the Battle of Scarif considering it’s a children’s series and as we saw in Rogue One, it was a pretty vicious battle. But since we have now seen the Ghost was in the battle, it would be pretty odd for the series to skip the battle if it does indeed continue past that point in time and if it does, that also presents another obstacle for the Lucasfilm story group as Luke Skywalker destroyed the Death Star just days after the events of Rogue One and the Ghost crews whereabouts would have to be further explained for it all to make sense and tie in properly.





Go Behind The Scenes of ‘Rogue One’ With a New “Locations” Featurette

A new featurette released by Lucasfilm takes you behind the scenes of the epic shoot in the United Kingdom, Jordan, The Maldives, and Iceland for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’ Spoiler Review


Rogue One: A Star Wars Story takes us back to the era of the classic trilogy just days before Luke Skywalker destroys the first Death Star in A New Hope. As a long time fan of Star Wars who grew up with the original trilogy, this film felt not only like returning to the time of my childhood but returning to my old basement with my old toys as I acted out an untold story within the universe. But Luke, Han, and Leia weren’t in the lead for this journey. It felt closer to Dash Rendar being in the spotlight as for the first time ever, the story was led with protagonists who weren’t Jedi nor heroes. Instead, Rogue One takes us on an adventure with a set of characters who feel more like real people who are either doing what they can to survive during the galactic civil war or standing up for what they believe in no matter what the cost.

There has been a lot of controversy surrounding the film’s lack of an opening crawl and I do think it hurt the film. The cold open was jarring mainly because of the music but you are quickly drawn in by the amazing opening shot the shuttle approaching Lah’mu and the film literally hits the ground running as we cut to young Jyn Erso running home to her parents who are scrambling to pack now that they have been discovered in hiding by the Empire. While the opening scene is captivating with fantastic performances from Ben Mendelsohn and Mads Mikkelsen, complemented by gorgeous cinematography, I do think it lacked in exposition. You get a sense Director Orson Krennic and Galen Erso had a history and Krennic’s motivations are clear as we are told exactly what his goal is and we are shown what lengths he willing to go to but I wanted to see more of just how desperate Krennic is to rise within the Empire. Granted it does come soon after in his first scene with Grand Moff Tarkin butI didn’t feel hooked into Krennic’s character. Fortunately, I read Catalyst: A Rogue One Novel which gave me all the backstory I needed to for the opening scene to still have the biggest impact it could have so my experience wasn’t hindered but had I not read the book I would have been craving more from the characters.


After a title card I didn’t love, the film begins to jump around giving us some great introductions and some not so great introductions. Cassian Andor’s introduction works. It’s a great scene that gives us a sense of the gray area this film is going to operate in. As soon as Cassian killed his informant I knew he was going to be my favorite rebel ever. But unfortunately, Bodhi Rook’s introduction is completely botched. After we jump to Jedha to see a frantic Bodhi being delivered to Saw Gerrera’s group, we jump away back to Jyn in less than a minute. We learn what we need to know about Bodhi but the scene doesn’t work because it’s all the exposition we get from Bodhi in the entire film. This scene sort of highlights the film’s major problem which is too much telling and not enough showing. Seeing Bodhi defect from the Empire would have been a much more compelling introduction that would have hooked me into his character. Unfortunately, the way it was done I didn’t care about his character like I wanted to. Once we jump back to Jyn we see her in an Imperial Labor Camp on Wobani. Well, sort of. It’s more like seeing someone from within a car and being told we’re inside an Imperial Labor Camp. The scene itself is a missed opportunity to flesh out how oppressive the Empire is within the galaxy but I think the film makes up for it later on Jedha.

Once Jyn is rescued from Wobani and we jump to Yavin 4 things start to pick up. The recreation of the Massassi base is impeccable. As an audience, Jyn’s briefing serves as a briefing to us as well. There’s still a bit too much telling rather than showing but the performances from all of the actors is incredible. Personally, I would be down for a General Draven spin-off as I found his character extremely interesting. This movie did a great job at fleshing out the Rebellion and making us want to see even more of the Rebellion. I also think Genevieve O’Reilly’s performance as Mon Mothma rivals Caroline Blakiston’s performance in Return of the Jedi.

When Jyn and Cassian arrive on Jedha the film starts to get really good. I started to geek out when Jyn and Cassian looked up to Jedha City with the Star Destroyer hanging over as I realized this film felt exactly like how I would have expected an expanded universe movie would have. That’s when it began to hit me just how incredibly this film was expanding the universe and simultaneously tying into what we have all known and loved for years.

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Once in Jedha City we start to get some pretty incredible easter eggs. Obviously seeing Dr. Evazan and Ponde Baba was fantastic but as we are introduced to Chirrut Imwe and Baze Malbus, two guardians of the Whills (which is a deep cut itself), we hear Chirrut say “May the force of others be with you”, the original mantra written for the Jedi from the early drafts of Star Wars which was then titled “The Adventures of Luke Starkiller as taken from the Journal of the Whills”. While it was essentially fan service, Rogue One shows just how effective fan service can be when it is done well. Never in a million years would I have expected the Journal of the Whills to be referenced in a Star Wars film and it was incredibly gratifying. While I appreciated it incredibly, I did begin to worry if the film was alienating general audiences who weren’t clued into things on the level of a long-time Star Wars fan. But fortunately, I was proven wrong. The second time I went to see the film I took my sister along with me. My sister had never been a Star Wars fan growing up. I always tried to get her into it but I think the lack of female heroines in the main Saga left her without an entry point or a way to relate. But that all changed with Rogue One. Not only did she enjoy the film, she emerged with a newfound interest in the Skywalker saga.

Cassian’s plan to make contact with an associate of Saw Gerrera’s and use Jyn’s past with Saw as a way in to see Saw is derailed as Cassian and Jyn find themselves in the middle of an attack on the Empire by Saw’s extremists. It’s an incredible and exciting action sequence that delivers something I have wanted to see in the Star Wars universe for a long time which is some serious melee combat. First we get Jyn kicked some stormtrooper ass and then Chirrut comes in to deliver some incredible martial arts. While we know Chirrut isn’t a Jedi, I do believe he is a force sensitive as it seems clear that the force is moving through him, using him as an instrument to inevitably make sure the Death Star plans find their way to Luke Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi.

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Unfortunately, the film hits a bump in the road once we get to Saw’s hideout. Something is just off about Forest Whitaker’s performance. But Rogue One quickly recovers with one of the most emotionally powerful scenes in the film that serves as a bit of retcon to the Skywalker saga when Jyn watches the hologram message from her father telling her he has purposefully built the flaw in the Death Star that will lead to its destruction. Felicity Jones has described Jyn like a bit of a caged animal. Jyn has built this wall around her to protect herself and as she collapses we see that wall crumble and become vulnerable for the first time. It is hands down Jones’ best acting in the film and one of my favorites moments as well. It’s all happening as Krennic has begun the first test of the Death Star, using it to destroy Jedha City and wipe out Saw Gerrera and his extremists. It’s an incredible piece of filmmaking where horror is juxtaposed with a beautiful sadness. The focus being on the sadness of a young woman who misses her father desperately more than anything. The daring escape made by the team that follows is complemented by some incredible cinematography as K-2SO rescues the heroes with the U-Wing from Saw’s hideout.

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Once the Death Star’s superlaser has proven it’s value, Grand Moff Tarkin takes command from Krennic and we finally get to see Krennic unhinged, revealing his desperate desire to rise within the ranks of the Empire. I’ll take this moment to address what I thought of the CGI used to resurrect Peter Cushing as Grand Moff Tarkin. Tarkin’s inclusion in the film presented a major risk for Lucasfilm. Not only would the Grand Moff appear, he was featured as a key character in Rogue One and the risk has paid off in some major ways. Not only is it a groundbreaking accomplishment in computer graphics animation but it also serves to inform his character in the original Star Wars in some quite remarkable ways. John Knoll and the wizards at Industrial Light and Magic didn’t just recreate the likeness of Peter Cushing, they truly brought him back to life in the film so well that he was actually able to give a performance. While I could still tell he was CGI because my brain was telling me so, I was in shock because I didn’t want to believe it. I wanted to believe he was real because he looked it. Some of the people I saw the film with who weren’t Star Wars fans wouldn’t even have known he was CGI had I not told them.

But the risk didn’t just pay off in the form of a technical accomplishment, it also provided new context to a film Star Wars fans have known and loved for years. I would strongly recommend watching Rogue One and A New Hope as a double feature. The direct prequel serves to inform the classic Star Wars on so many levels from raising the stakes even higher in the opening scene to plot holes to smaller moments like when the high-level Imperial officers are sassing back at Grand Moff Tarkin after he informed them the Imperial Senate had been dissolved. Originally it had been a bit odd that the Imperial officers were being rather insubordinate to Tarkin but now it makes a lot more sense. Considering Tarkin had taken Krennic’s command away from him, those officers had to have been harboring some serious resentment over a position they most certainly had ambitions of attaining themselves.

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The middle of Rogue One takes us to the rain-stricken planet of Eadu where the Empire has set up a refinery for Kyber Crystals. Cassian is compelled to carry out his orders to murder Galen Erso upon sight but his conscious begins to get to him and he surprises himself when he realizes how much he cares about Jyn when her life is in danger as the rebel squadron approaches to bomb the refinery. Felicity Jones continues to deliver a top notch performance as she is reunited with her father in the moments of his death. Unfortunately, the dialog for Galen leaves much to be desired and his death falls a bit flat. That’s sort of the biggest problem for the second half of act two. Lots of moments fall flat. After an exciting action sequence on Eadu, the team escapes and jumps into hyperspace to head back to Yavin 4. Jyn and Chirrut share a special moment as they have this unspoken bond between each other through their belief in the force. Jyn and Cassian come into conflict because Chirrut has helped her realize Cassian was going to kill her father but the beats fall flat and the film hits a lull.

Krennic heads to Mustafar and we get to see Darth Vader’s castle straight out of the concept art from Ralph McQuarrie. It’s totally mindblowing and adds a new layer of interest and complexity to Vader as it seems either he himself or Palpatine is keeping him on Mustafar to harness the anger and pain from the memories he has on the lava planet, strengthening his power of the dark side. When the doors open and Vader’s shadow rises on the wall before he enters the chamber feels like a moment directed by Dave Filoni of The Clone Wars and Star Wars: Rebels, the true heir to George Lucas.


We cut back to Yavin where the politicians of the Star Wars universe are doing what they do best which is resorting to inaction. Rather than taking the chance to use the intel provided by Galen Erso to steal the plans for the Death Star, the politicians cower in fear. It fosters what should have been a great scene where Cassian and a battalion decide to rebel against the rebellion. They see the opportunity to make up for all the morally questionable actions they have taken in the name of the rebellion to do something truly heroic and prevent the Empire from cementing their grip on the galaxy. The scene itself feels flat and much less exciting than it should taking us into the third act but it does give us a heartfelt moment between Jyn and Cassian as for the first time they see that through their actions together they can find pride within themselves.

Finally, things kick into high gear. Up until this point in the film, I didn’t think the score composed by Michael Giacchino anything remarkable. It wasn’t bad by any means, it just wasn’t as inspiring as I hoped it would be. That changes in the third act, much like the rest of the film’s problems. Suddenly everything begins to work and the film becomes so good it makes the first and second act work as well.

The third act is a borderline masterpiece which delivers some of the most iconic moments in Star Wars history. It feels almost Saving Private Ryan meets Mission: Impossible as the rebels launch an attack and infiltrate the base on Scarif. It’s incredibly exciting but once the Rebel fleet shows up to help out what is now the original Rogue Squadron it becomes an absolutely exhilarating experience. The space battle itself is hands down the best space battle since Return of the Jedi. I need to watch it about a hundred more times before I can say the Battle of Scarif is as good as the Battle of Endor but it’s pretty close.


One of the standout moments from Rogue One that had long-time fans of Star Wars jumping in their seats and cheering was when Red Leader Garven Dreis (Drewe Henley) and Gold Leader Jon Vander (Angus MacInnes) showed up during the climactic space battle over. The footage used was from the original Star Wars and it was seamlessly integrated into the new picture. I basically jumped back in my seat and yelped. I had bought a Rogue One t-shirt at the concession stand before going into the auditorium and almost began spinning it around my head like a helicopter. Seeing Red and Gold leader again was something I could never have imagined and is the easter egg I appreciate the most in the film as it completely took me back to being a 7-year old again. Again, easter eggs used in this kind of way shows how effective fan service can be when it is done well and Rogue One did it perfectly.

The film closes beautifully and heartbreakingly before it transitions into absolute terror that now raises the stakes even higher at the beginning of A New Hope. I teared up when Admrial Raddus said “Rogue One, may the force be with you”, but I was happy that Jyn and Cassian found pride within each other before they died together. There was obviously a budding romance through that pride but I was glad they didn’t kiss. It felt more powerful that way. It was a beautiful moment for Jyn and Cassian just as the Death Star rises over Scarif before Tarkin orders a test fire to destroy the base on Scarif, killing Krennic along with it in poetic fashion.


It’s evident from the images released and footage seen in the trailers for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story that the film originally had a different ending which featured the heroes of the filmmaking a daring escape from Scarif as they charged towards AT-ACT’s on the beach and arrived safely back in the Imperial Cargo shuttle (you can tell from Cassian’s costume change). But the choice to kill the characters as we can now call the original members of Rogue Squadron was absolutely the right choice. Not only does the squad get to die as heroes in an act of self-sacrifice for the Rebellion, their sacrifice lends deeper meaning to the destruction of the Death Star in the original Star Wars. I’ve heard some people say they didn’t feel the characters were very memorable in Rogue One to which I completely disagree. They may not be as iconic as Luke, Han, and Leia or Rey, Finn, Poe, and BB-8 but you’ll never be able to watch A New Hope ever again without having the heroes of Rogue One and the Battle of Scarif running through your mind the entire time. It’s an even bigger sigh of relief when Luke blows up the Death Star knowing their sacrifice, as well as Galen’s, was worth it.

We cut to an incredible shot from space looking down at the explosion as Darth Vader flys by in his Tyderium shuttle with a tie fighter escort to board Admiral Raddus’ Mon Calamari. The Rebels on board attempt to escape the with the plans but it’s too late. From the darkness, Darth Vader ignites his lightsaber and emerges. This, more than any other moment, completely transported me back to my childhood as my friends and I would hide in the dark in my basement before igniting our lightsabers and dueling against each other. The scene itself informs not just the beginning of A New Hope but also The Empire Strikes Back as we now have a frame of reference for the absolute fear felt by the Rebels as Vader invaded both the Tantive IV and Echo Base. Luckily a brave rebel hands off the plans to another allowing them to escape on the Tantive IV. Chills ran through my body as the cockpit door opened revealing Princess Leia. Her face wasn’t done as well as Tarkin’s but we absolutely needed to see her. The final moment of the film would not have been as effective otherwise.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story isn’t perfect. It suffers from a lack of characterization and some pacing issues but it still manages to come together in the end and serve as an incredible lead into A New Hope. Never again will we look at the original Star Wars nor the Rebellion in the same way. The film itself opens the door to the limitless potential Lucasfilm has with standalone Star Wars features separate from the Skywalker saga and has me incredibly excited for the young Han Solo film and whatever else comes next. Star Wars has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember and now is better more so than ever to be a Star Wars fan. Thank you to the cast, the hard working crew, Gareth Edwards, Kathleen Kennedy, and the entire Lucasfilm story group for your efforts. You’ve given us something truly special with Rogue One.

8.4 – GREAT


Gareth Edwards on How the Ending for ‘Rogue One’ Evolved



It’s evident from the images released and footage seen in the trailers for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story that the film originally had a different ending which featured the heroes of the film making a daring escape from Scarif as they charged towards AT-ACT’s on the beach and arrived safely back in the Imperial Cargo shuttle (you can tell from Cassian’s costume change). But it seems there was never any intention of the heroes surviving the third act of the film whether they made it off of Scarif or not. While speaking on the Empire Podcast for Empire Magazine, Gareth Edwards offered some insight on the decision to kill off all of the heroes by the end of the film:

“I mean, it’s a great Disney tradition isn’t it? For every single character to die in all their movies. I think there was an early version – the very first version they didn’t [die] in the screenplay. And it was just assumed by us that we couldn’t do that and they’re not gonna let us do that. So we’re trying to figure out how this ends where that doesn’t happen. And then everyone read that, and there was just this feeling of like, “They gotta die right?” And everyone was like, “Yeah, can we?” And we thought we weren’t gonna be allowed to, but Kathy [Kennedy] and everyone at Disney were like, “Yeah, makes sense.” I guess they have to because they’re not in A New Hope. And so from that point on, we had the license and I kept waiting for someone to go, “You know what, can you just film an extra scene where we see Jyn and Cassian, they’re okay, and they’re on another planet and la la la…” And [that] never ever came, and no one gave us that note so we got to do it.”

The choice to kill the characters as we can now call the original members of Rogue Squadron was absolutely the right choice. Not only does the squad get to die as heroes in an act of self-sacrifice for the Rebellion, their sacrifice lends deeper meaning to the destruction of the Death Star in the original Star Wars. I’ve heard some people say they didn’t feel the characters were very memorable in Rogue One to which I completely disagree. They may not be as iconic as Luke, Han, and Leia or Rey, Finn, Poe, and BB-8 but you’ll never be able to watch A New Hope ever again without having the heroes of Rogue One and the Battle of Scarif running through your mind the entire time. It’s an even bigger sigh of relief when Luke blows up the Death Star knowing their sacrifice, as well as Galen’s, was worth it.


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Forest Whitaker Returns as Saw Gerrera in ‘Star Wars: Rebels’

Entertainment Weekly has released a new featurette from Lucasfilm giving us a look at Saw Gerrera in Star Wars: Rebels just two years before the events of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. The series will take the opportunity to fill in some of the gap for Saw between The Clone Wars and Rebels.

What is interesting about Saw at the point in time he is seen in Rebels is that he is without his breathing apparatus and is still able to speak normally. Since Rebels will be exploring the connection to Rogue One with Saw, it’s possible we could see not only what lead him to his need for an oxygen device but also some of his actions that caused public relation issues for the Rebel Alliance, earning them their reputation as a terrorist organization.

You can watch the featurette below.


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