One of the biggest things going into Star Wars: Rogue One was that we all knew the reports about it having numerous reshoots. Usually, reshoots are taken as a bad thing, as it means something is “wrong” with the film. Yet, it’s hard to deny that the final cut was loved by fans and critics alike. Reports have been coming out about how the end of the film was drastically changed over time, but what might surprise, is that Rogue One’s beginning was changed even more.
This comes from John Gilroy and Colin Goudie, who were film editors for the film, they told Yahoo about the changes to the beginning, and how they actually benefitted the film: “The story was reconceptualised to some degree, there were scenes that were added at the beginning and fleshed out,” Gilroy said. Specifically, they went into fleshing out the early moments of several characters.”
The two key scenes set up the two true main characters, Cassian and Jyn:
“The scene with Cassian’s (Diego Luna) introduction with the spy, Bodhi (Riz Ahmed) traipsing through Jedha on his way to see Saw, these are things that were added. Also Jyn (Felicity Jones), how we set her up and her escape from the transporter, that was all done to set up the story better,” they revealed.
So, changes did indeed happen, but not to an earthshattering degree as some believed. Rather, it was an attempt to make the film better, more fleshed out, more relateable, and it appears to have worked in spades.