As Rogue One: A Star Wars Story continues to top the box office, more details have surfaced about how the film’s reshoots changed the final cut. Reshoots are a regular part of film production, but in Rogue One‘s case, they got more hype than they deserved. Still, Rogue One editors John Gilroy and Colin Goudie have shared more details about the reshoots. Let’s look at the three scenes that originated from Rogue One‘s reshoots, and how they changed the film.
Cassian Murders Tivik
One of the scenes that the reshoots added was Cassian Andor‘s introductory scene. On the Ring of Kafrene, Cassian meets up with a rebel contact, Tivik. After they attract attention from the local Imperial stormtroopers, Cassian guns down Tivik in cold blood. The fact that Tivik is supposedly an ally of Cassian’s (or at least one of his trusted informants) makes the scene that much darker.
Without this scene, Cassian would have been a noticeably different character in the film. His murder of Tivik establishes that Cassian can be a killer when he needs to be. The scene thereby provides context for Cassian’s personal conflict throughout the film: his assignment to murder Jyn’s father, Galen Erso. This was definitely a wise addition to the film, for it instantly sets the tone — and stakes — for Cassian as a character.
Bodhi Treks Across Jedha
During reshoots, the editors also added an introductory scene for Bodhi Rook. In the scene, Bodhi makes contact with Benthic “Two Tubes” and the Partisans, who take him to their leader, Saw Gerrera. However, the scene shows that Bodhi had a long way to trek across Jedha’s unforgiving landscape before he made it to Saw’s hideout.
The scene helps to establish Bodhi’s struggle to gain confidence throughout the plot of Rogue One. In this scene and the rest of the movie, actor Riz Ahmed does a terrific job of showing how Bodhi’s fear gets in the way of his confidence. Thanks to this scene, we got to know Bodhi a little more before his life-changing encounter with Saw.
Jyn’s Prison Break
The other major scene that Rogue One gained from its reshoots was the movie’s first look at grown-up Jyn Erso. This is the film’s sequence that focuses on her incarceration in the Empire’s labor camp on Wobani. Jyn escapes with the assistance of Sergeant Melshi (and meets K-2SO along the way) before traveling to Yavin 4 for the first time.
This scene extends Jyn’s progression from an orphaned 8-year-old in the film’s opening to the hardened 22-year-old with whom we spend the rest of the film. The scene showcases the fact that Jyn can take care of herself, especially since she’s been doing it for so long. Without this scene, Rogue One would have jumped straight from her escape from Director Krennic to her first meeting with the Rebel Alliance. It’s clear that the editors knew what they were doing when they added the scene during the reshoots.
In addition to those three scenes, Gilroy confirmed what eagle-eyed fans have spotted by comparing the film to its first trailer. The Battle of Scarif, which served as the third act of Rogue One, changed significantly during reshoots. Gilroy doesn’t go into detail about how the third act changed, but it’s clear that it did. Case in point: Numerous scenes from the movie’s first trailer were conspicuously absent from the final cut.
Will fans ever get to see the earlier version of the Battle of Scarif? Probably not, since it might require too much context to understand. It would likely be far beyond what home media releases usually provide in the way of deleted scenes. Still, hopefully, we’ll get a few nuggets from the movie’s cache of deleted scenes when Lucasfilm releases Rogue One on home media.