At this point in time, we should tell you that any news about Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will contain spoilers. Not just because we know that the rebels steal the plans to the Death Star, but in terms of how the film specifically ends.
For those who have seen it already, we know the fate of the crew, but for those who have yet to see it, this will be your only warning as spoilers will follow. But for those that have seen it, did you know that there was a different ending. Find out what it is in the full story below.
Director Gareth Edwards took some time to speak to the Empire Podcast about some of the alternate endings they had planned for the film should Disney and Lucasfilm not accept the fact that everyone dies in Rogue One. Here’s what he told them:
“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.”
Indeed, it is surprising that Disney even allowed everyone to die. It certainly goes against the idea that at least one person should live. It also is a great counter argument for those who fear that Disney would Disneyify their beloved franchise. But even for a family friendly studio like Disney, it is easy to see why Edwards may have had contingency plans should Disney not approve of everyone dying.
So it’s great to see that Edwards and Whitta, and Tony Gilroy, had the guts to write that in the script, and even better that Disney allowed it to happen. By having deaths adds to the film’s authenticity about war. Even though we know the Rebels steal the plans to the Death Star, the film’s tone shows that every war has its casualties. Of course, there is one small chance that we could see Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones) in another film, in one shape or form.