Rogue One: A Star Wars Story alternatief einde onthult

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story alternatief einde onthultNu dat Rogue One: A Star Wars Story bijna verkrijgbaar is op DVD, krijgen we wat meer inzicht in het originele scenario en de vroege versies van de film. In een nieuw interview onthult scenarist Gary Whitta dat voordat Disney toestemming gaf om alle hoofdpersonen om het leven te laten komen, was er ontsnapping bedacht. Whitta zei:

“The original instinct was that they should all die. It’s worth it. If you’re going to give your life for anything, give your life for this, to destroy a weapon that going to kill you all anyway. That’s what we always wanted to do. But we never explored it because we were afraid that Disney might not let us do it, that Disney might think it’s too dark for a Star Wars movie or for their brand.”

In de eerste versie van het scenario door John Knoll overleefden een aantal van de hoofdpersonages het laatste gevecht. Regisseur Gareth Edwards zei hierover:

“You have the darkness that’s in the undercurrent of the story at that point, but you still have the rightness of why they’re doing it. It doesn’t feel depressing. It feels like you want them to succeed at any cost. It’s a sport where the clock is ticking, and they need to just dive across the finish line. You do whatever you need to do to get there. It’s a gauntlet that they’re handing to Princess Leia. You get that moment where the crowd feels like it can cheer at the end.”

Whitta voegde toe:

“We were still scratching the itch that they all needed to die. Chris Weitz [who wrote another draft] thought we were right. They finally went off and fought for it. We told them, we feel they all need to die, and [Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy] and everyone else said to go for it. We got the ending that we wanted.”

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Daarnaast zou Darth Vader in eerste instantie een van de hoofdpersonages vermoorden. Whitta zegt over het aantal scenes van Vader:

“Vader is in the movie as much as he always was. He only had two things in the film. He was on Mustafar and then in the battle at the end. The rampage where [Vader] murdered everybody wasn’t me. That got added later. I had pictured early on Vader murdering all these Rebel soldiers but I never wrote it into the script. It was an idea that stuck around after I left and they ended up finding a cool way to use it. It’s actually my favorite thing in the film.”

In Rogue One komen de rebellen erachter dat de Empire een wapen wil gaan gebruiken om zo planeten van tegenstanders te kunnen vernietigen. Dit is uiteraard de Death Star, bekend uit de originele Star Wars-film uit 1977. Het antwoord van de rebellen is een gewaagde missie, geleid door de gerekruteerde rebel Jyn Erso. Tijdens de gevaarlijke onderneming komen Erso en haar mede-rebellen meerdere slechteriken tegen, waaronder Darth Vader.

Hoofdrollen in de film van Gareth Edwards zijn er voor Felicity Jones, Diego LunaBen Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Jiang Wen, Forest Whitaker, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk en Riz AhmedRogue One: A Star Wars Story is vanaf 21 april verkrijgbaar op DVD en Blu-ray.