In the days leading up to Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’s release on digital HD, director Gareth Edwards and writer Gary Whitta have been making the rounds talking about their experiences on the film. But they’re also revealing what could have been; alternate takes to wonderful scenes that eventually made the film what it was.
And while we’ve already heard of a different, happier, less fatal ending to the film, there was also another scene involving a certain Sith Lord in one of the drafts, according to Whitta.
The alternate take where Jyn Erso and Cassian Andor escape death with the Death Star plans in hand was already covered, but what about other characters who made it out alive? Well, at one point, the film’s villain Admiral Krennic would also survive the partial-blast from the Death Star.
Instead of being killed by the beam, Krennic would have been far enough away from the impact that he’d have been covered by debris, however unlikely that would be.
And in one of the closing scenes of the movie, he’d be rescued by Imperial rescue forces.
“They tore him out of the rubble and they brought him back,” Whitta said. “When they’re going over the ruins, he somehow survived… It’s a bit of a reach, which is why it isn’t in the finished film.”
But let’s just suspend our disbelief for a moment in a universe where people move things with their minds and starfighters make noises and explosions in the vacuum of space.
“He survived the blast and they pulled him up and brought him to the Star Destroyer to report to Vader,” Whitta said. “He’s all beat up, his cape’s all torn up and stuff, and he thinks he has survived.”
But we all know how Vader is a huge fan of failure.
And that’s when Krennic realizes he can’t breathe anymore.
“Vader kills him for his failure,” Whitta says.
While it would have been a fun and totally in-character Vader moment, it’s still a little hokey compared to how the film actually ended.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will hit Digital HD on March 24 and then Blu-ray and DVD on April 4.
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Directed by Gareth Edwards, it's the first of the new standalone features from Lucasfilm and Disney, which take place outside the core "Skywalker Saga" of films noted by an Episode number. Rogue One tells the story of the small band of rebels that were tasked with stealing the plans to the first Death Star.