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Three Different 'Rogue One' Endings: Everything We Know About Each Version of the Final Battle

Three Different 'Rogue One' Endings: Everything We Know About Each Version of the Final Battle
From Slashfilm - March 20, 2017

Star Wars fans love legends. They love the expansive, complex, and seemingly infinite universethat George Lucas built 40 years ago. But they also love the mythology surrounding the moves themselves, the stories of the creative decisions behind iconic moments and the tales of how certain characters came to be. So is it any wonder that were obsessed with the original endings of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story? Is anyone surprised that weve noticedall of the trailer shots seen in the movie and wondered what happened to them? Its only natural.

Thanks to original screenwriter Gary Whitta, we now know a little bit more about the films original ending. No, not the ending glimpsed in the previews. The original ending. The one they never even shot. And now, we can take a closer look at all three Rogue One endings that existed at one time or another.

The Escape Pod Ending

When I spoke to Rogue One director Gareth Edwards, hetold me that the first draft of the screenplay ended with Jyn Erso and Cassian Andor surviving. This was not written because they thought it was the right endingthis was written because they thought they couldnt get away with killing them:

The first ever screenplay by Gary Whittawe were chatting about this and it was clear we were going to kill a lot of people. Potentially everyone. We just felt Theres no way theyre going to let us do this. So for this first draft, lets try to do the best version we think of with Jyn and Cassian surviving. That what was written. And then [Lucasfilm president] Kathleen Kennedy read it and at the end she said Shouldnt they all die? And we said Yeah, of course. Wed love to, but can we do that? And she said We can do anything we want.

Speaking with Entertainment Weekly, Whitta finally revealed the details of this written and quickly abandoned version. Like in the ending seen in the film, Jyn and Cassian steal the Death Star plans, but they dont have to climb a giant tower to upload them to the fleet. Instead:

A rebel ship came down and got them off the surface.The transfer of the plans happened later. They jumped away and later [Leias] ship came in from Alderaan to help them. The ship-to-ship data transfer happened off Scarif.

Once theyre inspace, Darth Vaders Star Destroyer attacks Cassian and Jyns ship, attempting to destroy it before the transfer is complete. Eventually, he does succeed, but not before the plans are successfully uploaded to Leias Tantine IV, which promptly escapes (leading us straight into the events of the original Star Wars). And then we see the wreckage of the Rebel ship and within that debris:

The Beach Ending

The Tower Ending

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