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Rogue One alternate ending revealed

Entertainment Weekly had the chance to interview Gary Whitta, who wrote the first draft for Rogue One, about what was altered in the film.

A different ending – how the Rebel heroes survived…

Once there was a way to get back home — at least for Jyn Erso and Cassian Andor.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story filmmakers have said they always intended to kill off the entire Rebel team during their heist of the Death Star plans on the tropical world of Scarif. But in the very earliest script – before getting the go-ahead for that sacrificial ending – they came up with an escape plan.

“The original instinct was that they should all die,” screenwriter Gary Whitta tells EW. “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.”

So in the original treatment by John Knoll, and in the first script by Whitta, a few of the key heroes survived the final battle. But the creative team still wanted their noble sacrifice.

“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,” says director Gareth Edwards. “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.”

Gary Whitta said despite very casualties on both sides, Jyn and Cassian did survived in the early script.

So that argument had to be made to the Lucasfilm brass: the heroes would succeed in stealing the plans, but they should pay the ultimate cost for that victory.

“We were still scratching the itch that they all needed to die. Chris Weitz [who wrote another draft] thought we were right,” Whitta says. “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.”

In that early “happy ending” version, there was no Bodhi Rook, Chirrut Imwe, or Baze Malbus. Jyn was an enlisted Rebel soldier instead of a street criminal recruited on a spy mission.

In that early “happy ending” version, there was no Bodhi Rook, Chirrut Imwe, or Baze Malbus.

“In fact, some of the toys that are sold still say Sgt. Jyn Erso,” Whitta says. “That’s who she was, she was a sergeant in the Rebel Alliance. By the time we changed that, some of the toys were already in production. I have a Sgt. Jyn Erso on my desk, even though she’s not a sergeant in the film.”

She still commanded a strike force with a Cassian Andor-type character (“He was called something different back then,” Whitta notes) and the security droid K-2SO was always a part of the team.

The reprogrammed Imperial security droid K-2SO was always a part of the team.

So did everyone live to fight the Empire another day?

“I didn’t say everyone made it off. Kaytoo always died,” Whitta said. “Jyn did survive. ‘Cassian’ also survived. There were a lot of casualties on both sides, in both versions of the scripts.”

It never got anywhere near being shot, but here’s how the survivor ending to Rogue One would have went down:

The Death Star emerges from hyperspace to lay waste to Scarif and protect the Empire’s secrets by destroying the special weapons facility along with the Rebel incursion.

But this time there was no last-second broadcast of the plans from a satellite tower. Jyn and Cassian were to escape the surface of the beach world carrying the data tapes.

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In the early version of the script, Jyn and Cassian escape from Scarif, what explains why they were seen in the Rogue One trailer running across the beach with the Death Star plans.

“A rebel ship came down and got them off the surface,” Whitta says. “The transfer of the plans happened later. They jumped away and later [Leia’s] ship came in from Alderaan to help them. The ship-to-ship data transfer happened off Scarif.”

Darth Vader was still in pursuit and began attacking Jyn’s shuttle as the Rebels tried desperately to transfer the information from the data tapes to Leia’s vessel. Finally, Vader was successful in breaching their shields and destroying the craft.

Darth Vader watches the Tantive IV running away with the Death Star plans just some minutes before he starts to pursuit the Princess Leia ship as we seen in A New Hope.

The audience would have been left fearing the heroes were dead. But as Vader’s Star Destroyer ventures off to chase Leia’s Tantive IV, we would have remained focused on the shuttle fragments floating in the vastness of space.

“They got away in an escape pod just in time,” Whitta said. “The pod looked like just another piece of debris.”

This echoes a similar trick from The Empire Strikes Back, when Han Solo allows the Millennium Falcon to drift away from a Star Destroy disguised in a plume of garbage – unaware that also camouflaged in that detritus was Boba Fett’s Slave I.

Don’t like that ending? Neither did the creators. That’s why they begged to change it.

About Jyn and Cassian, Gary Whitta said that “we decided they should die on the surface [of Scarif,] and that was the way it ended.

“The fact that we had to jump through so many hoops to keep them alive was the writing gods telling us that if they were meant to live it wouldn’t be this difficult,” Whitta says. “We decided they should die on the surface [of Scarif,] and that was the way it ended. We were constantly trying to make all the pieces fit together. We tried every single idea. Eventually, through endless development you get through an evolutionary process where the best version rises to the top.”

Source text: EW. Source for animated gifs: Tumblr.

Rogue One Blu-ray copy leaked online

star-wars-rogue-one-blu-ray-cover-artThe release date for the Digital download still is 24th March and April 4th to buy the Blu-ray edition in stores, but as happened to The Force Awakens last year, a Blu-ray copy of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story leaked a few days before the official release dates. Since yesterday, many copies of Rogue One are already available online for download on Internet.

Leaked Blu-ray copies of major movies before the official release dates are nothing new. It could not be different with Rogue One, the first standalone film based on the Star Wars saga that was the highest grossing of last year. The available copies are in several formats as AVI, MKV and MP4, and sizes as 720p, 1080p and 1920p, it seems to have been ripped  directly from the movie’s Blu-ray and have excellent quality.

The rarbg.to site (that is responsible for launching dozens of movies and episodes of TV shows daily, plus everything else you can imagine), since yesterday has already made available several versions of Rogue One to download by Torrent, the most popular P2P sharing from Internet. If you can’t wait until next week to buy your official Rogue One copy, check out now the rarbg page for more download details.

And the people of Tumblr, the most popular Internet fandom site, with thousands of blogs dedicated entirely to Star Wars, of course they have already begun work on turning into gif sets their favorite Rogue One characters and scenes:

May the Force be with you.

Source for all animated gifs: Tumblr.

Why Rogue One deleted scenes aren’t on Blu-ray

Source: Fandango and ScreenRant. Recommended reading: Rogue One 15 moments from the trailers that aren’t in the movie.

Much has been said about the moments from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story we’ve seen, just not in the actual movie. It’s no secret there were a lot of decisions made on this film late in the game, and because of it, there were images and footage that made it into marketing materials but never into the version that arrived in theaters.

For example, what was happening in the scene where a giant TIE fighter rises to confront Jyn Erso mere feet from where she’s standing? And what about the alternate version of that big final battle on Scarif, where Jyn and some of the other rebels actually have the Death Star plans in hand as they’re racing across the beach?

Well, Mos Eisley Chronicles selected five great scenes seen in the Rogue One trailers that were left out of the final cut:

1. “The power that we are dealing with here is immeasurable.” – Director Krennic confronts Darth Vader in a scene inside the Death Star:

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2. “The captain says you are a friend. I will not kill you.” – K-2S0 talks to Jyn:

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3. “This is a rebellion, isn’t? I rebel.” – Jyn talks to the Resistance members:

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4. Cassian and Jyn running across the Scarif beach with the Death Star plans in her hands:

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5. A Tie Fighter rises to confront Jyn only a few feet from where she’s standing:

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When Fandango sat down with director Gareth Edwards to discuss Rogue One, which arrives on digital platforms like FandangoNOW on March 24 before its Blu-ray release on April 4, they asked whether we’ll ever see that alternate footage, as well as why he decided not to put any deleted scenes on the upcoming Blu-ray.

“There’s not an individual scene that you can drag and drop and put on a Blu-ray,” he said. “There are little things that would come and go during the process of postproduction, but they’re not scenes. They’re more moments within the scenes or a single shot. So it’s impossible to be able to do that, and that’s why the decision was made.”

As for the moments like the aforementioned TIE fighter shot, Edwards explained why we won’t see how that fit into the overall story. “The stuff people talk about, like what they saw in the trailer, they’re not scenes you can just put on a DVD. They’re moments within scenes and threads, and you pull a thread and it all changes. It was changing the whole time. It’s not like there was one version and then there was this other version — it was like this thing that incrementally evolved constantly through all of postproduction and didn’t stop until there was a gun at our heads and we were forced to release the movie.”

When it comes to the TIE-fighter shot, Edwards is remaining quiet about it for now. “Yeah, it’s going to have to remain a myth because it’s sort of the thing where you’re trying ideas out to find the right version of the movie, and at the same time marketing is getting excited about certain shots and moments. Eventually, you’ll see something presented to you and you’ll be like, wait a minute, this shot is no longer in the film.”

Edwards added that we’ll never see an alternate version of that Scarif battle for a pretty simple reason: “The visual effects were never finished on it,” he said. “It’s not like there’s something sitting somewhere. I feel like making a film is like a sport where someone blows a whistle and that’s it — the score is what it is. And the goal is to win. If I could go back and do the film knowing what I know now, the final film would be completely different. I’d probably be willing to make Star Wars for the next 10 years and never let go of it — constantly trying to finesse and find new ideas. But at some point, it stops, and it is the movie. The film that got released, I feel like that is the film, and everything else is just the process of making it.”

Watch the Rogue One Blu-ray release trailer, this time with scenes that ARE in the movie.

Rogue One comes out on Blu-ray April 4, 2017.

How Rogue One should have ended

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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is the latest installment in the Star Wars franchise that seems all-but unstoppable since its relaunch of sorts under the Disney umbrella. Rogue One is the first of many anthology stories, the first non-episodic Star Wars story that has been told on film, and it set a new standard for what kinds of stories can be explored to expand the universe.

And that means a lot more criticisms, parodies, and ‘what ifs’ from fandom, including another Star Wars themed episode of How It Should Have Ended (or “HISHE” for short) from the mega popular same-titled YouTube channel. The HISHE team mixes critical analysis and examination of plot holes in pop culture movies and lampoons what are all too frequently unsatisfying endings, and it does so with fun animation.

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Their latest offering is Rogue One: A Star Wars Story How It Should Have Ending, taking one of the biggest movies of 2016 – and of all-time at the U.S. box office – to task for some of its sillier choices in filmmaking. Naturally, the video begins with an opening crawl – or the lack thereof – that did not appear at the opening of the film, followed by a jab at the CGI Tarkin. Everyone from K-2SO, Jyn and Cassian, Krennic and Darth Vader himself are the subjects of both mockery and celebration.

How It Should Have Ended has done videos on the Star Wars franchise before including: How Star Wars Should Have Ended (Special Edition)Revenge of the Sith HISHE as well as a variety of Marvel Cinematic Universe content that is housed under the same Disney Umbrella.

The fact that a solution can be created in the opening minutes of the movie to keep Jyn Erso from suffering any of the events of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story both speaks to the creativity of the HISHE writers and the Star Wars writers. The humor is genuine, but it is all derivative of the original source material.

On the critical thinking side, fans of Star Wars demand quality storytelling set in this mythology that means so much to them. While it is wonderful to be able to lovingly mock the things that are loved the most, one would hope that these tentpoles movies with all the money in the world behind them could do a better job at covering up some of the gaping inconsistencies that inspire the jokes in this video.

 

Rogue One Blu-ray release date & special features

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Source: ScreenRant

In addition to continuing the Star Wars saga with a new trilogy of episodic installments, Disney and Lucasfilm are fleshing out the lore with standalone anthology films. The first of these, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, debuted in December 2016 becoming the seventh highest-grossing film of all time in the U.S. and next month it comes to home video.

Disney and Lucasfilm officially announced that Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will be available early on Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere on March 24, and on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, DVD and On-Demand on April 4. This confirms reports that the Rogue One Blu-ray would hit shelves just in time for Star Wars Celebration 2017 in mid-April.

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The home video release includes never-before-seen Rogue One bonus material that aims to take fans behind the scenes with the cast and filmmakers and includes an intimate collection of stories reveals how the film came to life, as well as hidden Easter Eggs and film facts that audiences may have missed in the theater.

  • A Rogue Idea – Hear how ILM’s John Knoll came up with the movie’s concept – and why it’s the right film to launch the Star Wars stand-alone films.
  • Jyn: The Rebel – Get to know Rogue One’s defiant, resourceful survivor, and hear what it was like for Felicity Jones to bring her to life onscreen.
  • Cassian: The Spy – Diego Luna shares insights into his complex, driven character, who becomes a hero through selflessness, perseverance and passion.
  • K-2SO: The Droid – Explore the development of this reprogrammed Imperial droid, from initial pitch and character design through Alan Tudyk’s performance.
  • Baze & Chirrut: Guardians of the Whills – Go deeper into the relationship between these two very different characters, with Chinese superstars Jiang Wen and Donnie Yen.
  • Bodhi & Saw: The Pilot & The Revolutionary – Forest Whitaker and Riz Ahmed reflect on Saw Gerrera, the broken Rebel leader, and Bodhi Rook, the Imperial pilot who defects.
  • The Empire – Meet a dangerous new Imperial adversary…and cross paths once more with the most iconic villain of all time.
  • Visions of Hope: The Look of “Rogue One” – The filmmakers describe the challenges and thrills of developing a bold new look for the movie that can fit within the world of the original trilogy.
  • The Princess & The Governor – See what it took to bring the vibrant young princess of “Star Wars: A New Hope” – as well as one of her most memorable foes – back to the screen.
  • Epilogue: The Story Continues – Filmmakers and cast celebrate Rogue One’s premiere and look forward into the future, to the Star Wars stories yet to be told.
  • Rogue Connections – Uncover Easter eggs and film facts hidden throughout the movie that connect “Rogue One” to the Star Wars universe.

* Digital bonus offerings may vary by retailer.

Rogue One Home Trailer Gif Gallery

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* All animated gifs made by me with Adobe Photoshop CS6. No copyright infringement intended.

A guide to the journey of Saw Gerrera

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If you watched Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, and if you’re not a die-hard fan of the saga and only watched the previous Star Wars movies, maybe you’re not familiarized with some characters or situations shown in Rogue One. One of those characters is the former Rebel leader Saw Gerrera (played by actor Forest Whitaker), whose until now had appeared only in Star Wars novels and animation series. Well, if you want to know more about Saw Gerrera, the official Star Wars site has made a playlist of all Saw Gerrera’s appearances until his final part in Rogue One.

Who is Saw Gerrera?

I’m not a terrorist. I’m a patriot. And resistance is not terrorism.― Saw Gerrera

onderonian_steela_sawSaw Gerrera was a human male resistance fighter who, as a leading member of the Onderon rebels, fought against the Confederacy of Independent Systems on Onderon during the Clone Wars. He and his sister, Steela Gerrera, were instrumental in the rebel liberation of their homeworld during the Onderonian Civil War. He later became a key member in the fight against the Galactic Empire and the formation of the Alliance to Restore the Republic. His tactics against the Empire led him to be seen as an extremist, one whose notoriety was recognized by the Empire and, many years later, the New Republic.

In the early resistance against the Separatist Alliance on Onderon, Gerrera and his fellow soldiers were outnumbered and out-fought by the Separatist Droid Army. They requested help from the Jedi High Council, which led the Grand Army of the Republic in its fight against the Separatists, but the Jedi Order chose not to become actively involved in the fighting on Onderon. Instead, they sent a team of advisors—GeneralsAnakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi, Commander Ahsoka Tano, and Clone Captain CT-7567 (“Rex”)—to train the Onderonian fighters. The Jedi and Captain Rex taught them proper techniques and strategies for taking on the battle droid army, and, through their efforts, the rebels began to turn the tide. Gerrera came to resent that the rebels chose Steela as their leader, and he was soon captured in an ill-concocted solo effort to rescue the deposed King Ramsis Dendup from the Separatists. They were both rescued by the rebels, who eventually mounted a final battle against the Separatists. Through their efforts, the rebels liberated their world and returned Dendup to the throne. The fight, however, came at a personal cost: Steela was killed during the final battle, and Gerrera was left to mourn his sister—feeling responsible for her death.

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Saw Gerrera played by Forest Whitaker in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

At the end of the Clone Wars, the Republic was transformed into the Galactic Empire. Later, Saw brought Galen Erso, Lyra Erso, and Jyn Erso to the uninhabited planet of Lah’mu. When Orson Krennic took Jyn’s parents away from her, Saw found her and raised her until she was a young adult. Gerrera fought against the Imperial Military and led a resistance group known as the Partisans. His resistance cell, a continuation of his Onderonian resistance, was one of the first in the group of cells that formed the Rebel Alliance. He was later involved in the early campaigns of the Rebel Alliance, by which time his more-extreme tactics had come to stand in stark contrast with those of Alliance leaders Bail Organa and Mon Mothma. He eventually based his group on Jedha, where he met Jyn again. When Jedha City was destroyed by the Death Star, Saw told Jyn he was done running and stayed on Jedha, and was killed by the aftermath of the blast.

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Save the Rebellion! Save the Dream!― Saw Gerrera

Saw Gerrera has fast become one of the most important characters in the Star Wars saga. He fought in the Clone Wars alongside Anakin Skywalker and Ashoka Tano and himself became more machine than man to confront the might of the Empire and Darth Vader. He would do anything he could to resist the Empire and sometimes that got him in trouble with the Rebellion.

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1. Star Wars: The Clone Wars (The Onderon Arc – “A War on Two Fronts,” Season 5, Episode 2; “Front Runners,” Season 5, Episode 3; “The Soft War,” Season 5, Episode 4; “Tipping Points,” Season 5, Episode 4) Saw’s first appearance in the Star Wars mythos was during the Clone War. He was a freedom fighter on his home planet of Onderon and trained by the Jedi in guerrilla tactics. He would later turn those tactics to use against the Empire.

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2. Rogue One: Catalyst by James Luceno – After the onset of the Empire in the wake of the Clone Wars, the galaxy is in turmoil. Though Saw plays the smallest of parts in this story, it’s an important one to understand the trajectory of his future and his destiny.

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3. Rebel Rising by Beth Revis – Saw Gerrera takes Jyn Erso under his wing and this book tells a tale of their time together, fighting the Empire in every way they can.

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4. Star Wars Rebels (“The Honorable Ones,” Season 2 Episode 17 ) – Though Saw doesn’t appear in this episode personally, it offers a shocking window into the sort of treatment Imperials received at his hands.

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5. Star Wars Rebels (“Ghosts of Geonosis,” Season 3, Episode 12 and 13) Long after Jyn and Saw parted ways, Saw was still a force to be reckoned with in the galaxy. In these episodes, he’s sent to investigate the aftermath of what might be the Imperial genocide of Geonosis.

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6. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story – This final installment of Saw Gerrera’s playlist shows us some of the connective tissue between Catalyst and Rebel Rising, but it also shows us what ultimately becomes of Saw and how the Rebel Alliance sees him.

Rogue One: ILM details process for CGI Tarkin & Leia

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Source: ScreenRant

Outside of Darth Vader’s return to the big screen, arguably no discussion point about Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is larger than Industrial Light & Magic’s controversial use of CGI to include two other original trilogy characters in the spinoff film. The visual effects company incorporated state-of-the-art digital doctoring so that Grand Moff Tarkin and Princess Leia Organa could appear in the movie as they looked in 1977’s A New Hope. It was a grueling and extensive process that looked to recreate the likenesses of the late Peter Cushing (who died in 1994) and a 19-year old Carrie Fisher. After Rogue One‘s premiere, many have been curious to see how ILM achieved this, and some details about their methods have been revealed in the weeks since.

The topic has drawn considerable interest amongst die-hard fans and casual audiences alike, and Rogue One‘s special effects are now the subject of a piece on the ABC news package Nightline. Following a brief tease yesterday, the network has now posted the full package online. You can watch it below.

In it, reporter Clayton Sandell visits ILM headquarters to interview various employees who worked on Rogue One, including Chief Creative Officer John Knoll and members of his team. guy-henryKnoll reiterated previous statements he’s made about why Tarkin and Leia were part of the narrative (the nature of Rogue One‘s story made it a necessity they be there) and also touched on the challenges they faced creating photorealistic digital humans. It remains one of the most arduous tasks even with all the modern technology, since people can easily spot anything “off” about an artificial face. This is apparent by the great lengths ILM went through to put Cushing’s likeness over actor Guy Henry, which included going frame-by-frame to ensure Henry’s performance matched up with Cushing’s from the original film, making small adjustments daily. It took 18 months to complete.

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The Nightline piece also explores the ethical dilemma this process raises, with Knoll once again saying the team handled the work with “affection and care.” To him, this isn’t like the infamous chocolate commercial that brought back Audrey Hepburn. He feels that if Cushing were alive today, this is a role he would have been “excited and happy to play.” While we’ll never know that for sure, it is true that ILM did not have anything nefarious in mind when they moved ahead with CGI Tarkin and were simply doing it because it served the story they were telling with Rogue One. Knoll has mentioned in the past that he does not expect this to become the norm in the industry, since it takes a considerable amount of time and effort to do (as evident by the report).

leia-rogue-oneLastly, in what should make many a Star Wars fan happy, it’s revealed at the end of the package that Fisher not only gave ILM her blessing to digitally insert her younger self in Rogue One, she was able to see the end result prior to her death and “loved it.” According to Knoll, Fisher was very much involved with the process, which is a nice anecdote to hear. It’s clear ILM wanted to make sure they did this the “right” way, and it’s safe to say they were successful in all regards.