“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” has been a success and it was clear that would be the case from its first trailer. However, fans took notice that some footage in that trailer did not end up in the final film, including its memorable ending shot of Jyn Erso walking down a hallway and turning around as the lights go on around her.
While it is generally thought that all the scenes in the trailers that did not make it into the final film were scenes from the excised original cut that director Gareth Edwards did, that may not be the case. Speaking at a Director’s Guild screening of the film and picked up by The Director’s Cut podcast (via The Playlist), Edwards explained that the shot was one that was filmed at random which was something they did every day.
“It was just a way for the crew of understanding, for now, we’re just going to do loads of random s–t. Don’t try to ask, we can’t explain. It would just be things I thought were a beautiful moment or ‘This is a great idea’ and a lot of the stuff in the trailer ended up through that process.
We finished a shot and [Felicity Jones] was just walking to the next shot, which was at the end of the tunnel. And as she walked, someone switched the lights on and the way they turned on they went *click click click* like this. Someone called her, and she just turned around a little bit and I was like, ‘Oh my god that looked great.’ And I was like ‘Stop stop stop!’ and everyone stopped. ‘This will take ten seconds, just roll camera’… Then obviously ten seconds turned into a half hour, and we probably did seventeen takes. So that ended and there’s that feeling of, ‘Well what was that for?’ And I was like, ‘I don’t know, that just felt good.’”
Edwards further said that he then forgot about the shot until marketing was looking at dailies for shots for the trailer and picked that one. Same goes for the shot of Ben Mendelsohn standing in front of a planet graphic in the teaser. DarkHorizons explained that the shot came from a scene they did use but when Edwards simply did not call cut. Rather, the director just kept filming Mendelsohn.
Rogue One tells the story of resistance fighters who have united to steal plans to the dreaded Death Star. Felicity Jones leads the cast as Jyn Erso alongside Mads Mikklesen who plays her father, Galen Erso. Diego Luna (Milk) stars as Captain Cassian Andor with Donnie Yen (Ip Man, Blade II) as the blind spiritual warrior Chirrut Imwe, Jiang Wen (Let the Bullets Fly, Devils on the Doorstep) as his heavily armored best friend Baze Malbus,, Alan Tudyk (Firefly) as the droid K-2SO, Riz Ahmed (Nightcrawler, Four Lions) as the Rebel pilot Bodhi Rook, plus Forest Whitaker (The Last King of Scotland) as Saw Gerrera, a character first introduced in Star Wars: The Clone Wars, and Ben Mendelsohn (Bloodline, Mississippi Grind) as the film’s main antagonist, Director Orson Krennic.
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