In a recent interview with Collider, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story star Ben Mendelsohn spoke about some of the unused footage for Rogue One, and how in his mind, there is a vastly different version of the film on the cutting room floor.
I heard from a lot of the people I’ve spoken to –and I could be wrong– that when you shot it they would sort of play it multiple ways on set, so that way in the editing room…
MENDELSOHN: Yep, absolutely, very much. We did have multiple, multiple ways of going at any given scenario, we had multiple readings of it. So should they ever decided to, there would be a wealth of ways of approaching these different things. And I know from having seen sort of the crucial kind of scenes throughout it, I know there’s vastly different readings of at least four of those scenes.
So in essence there’s basically a completely different version of the movie that could be played on like an alternate cut of the entire film.
MENDELSOHN: Absolutely, with enormous differences within I would’ve said 20 or 30 of the scenes.
MENDELSOHN: There really would be. There would be enormously different renderings.
Perhaps Mendelsohn is just speaking about the way directors often require multiple takes on a scene that express different emotions or put different emphasis on moments. Or perhaps he’s speaking about the critically discussed and large reshoots on the film. Without a doubt viewers are constantly talking about the huge tonal shift in the finished film versus what we say in teasers and trailers before it’s release. Clearly the third act of the film is very different in the final version and Mendelsohn thinks some of the changes created very different readings of some crucial scenes.
I know I’m not the only one who really, really wants to see some of those deleted scenes, alternate takes and reshot footage. Hopefully Disney comes through with an ultimate edition of the film from home release. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is rumored to be released on blu-ray and DVD in April.