Rogue One Director Reveals How It Was Supposed To End

by : Tom Percival on : 04 Dec 2016 16:34

Rogue One director, Gareth Edwards, has confessed the latest entry in Star Wars canon was supposed to have a very different ending to the one we got.


There had been rumours earlier in the year that Disney execs weren’t happy with the tone of the film, leading many industry experts to believe they weren’t happy with the movie’s dark tone.

Well they were wrong… very wrong! It turns out Disney are more bloodthirsty than we gave them credit for and actually demanded that Edward’s kill off the whole cast.

In an interview with the good folks over on the Empire podcast Mr Edwards admitted he presumed Disney would want the Rogue One crew to survive their ordeal on Scarif despite the whole production thinking the best ending was for them to die.

He explained: 


We thought we weren’t going to be allowed to [kill them] but Kathy [Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm] and everyone at Disney were like ‘Yeah it makes sense. I guess they have to [die] because they’re not in A New Hope.’

After that Edwards let his inner Sith out, offing the cast like Darth Vader massacres younglings never even bothering to film the ending where everyone survived.


Despite being given the green light to kill off the cast Edwards kept expecting the House of Mouse to interfere and ask for a shot of Jyn and Cassian surviving the Death Star blast but the demand never came.

It’s good to know the studio are letting directors execute their own vision for the film without too much interference, although we’re still willing to bet they made him put Darth Vader in, he sells too many toys not to!

Tom Percival

More of a concept than a journalist, Tom Percival was forged in the bowels of Salford University from which he emerged grasping a Masters in journalism. Since then his rise has been described by himself as ‘meteoric’ rising to the esteemed rank of Social Editor at UNILAD as well as working at the BBC, Manchester Evening News, and ITV. He credits his success to three core techniques, name repetition, personality mirroring, and never breaking off a handshake.

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