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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story has been a huge hit at the box office, taking in over $800 million worldwide (and it’s not even out of theaters yet).

However, even the people that loved the film can see that something is a little off. There are significant differences between early marketing and the finished product, with scenes shown in trailers outright missing in the movie. Where are the Stormtroopers on the beach? What about Jyn running with the Death Star plans or her in disguise? Krennic speaking with Darth Vader? All are missing.

We’ve also recently learned of scenes that were added to the final cut. In an interview with Yahoo UK, Rogue One film editors John Gilroy and Colin Goudie highlighted scenes that were filmed during reshoots, including Cassian Andor’s (Diego Luna) scene in the beginning with the spy and Jyn Erso’s introduction.

According to Gilroy and Goudie, these scenes were added to give Rogue One more excitement, especially in its early moments.

“The introductions in the opening scene, in the prologue, was always the same,” Goudie said. “Jyn’s just a little girl, so when you see her as an adult what you saw initially was her in a meeting. That’s not a nice introduction.”

So they added a scene where she escapes from a prison transport. Cassian’s scene with the spy also introduces the character in a more “exciting” way (although in my opinion, it didn’t work and probably could’ve been cut altogether). “Everybody was a bit more ballsy, or a bit more exciting, and a bit more interesting,” Goudie said.

They continued, saying that a lot of the scenes in Rogue One’s third act had to be fixed because of just how many action venues there were. Goudie and Gilroy didn’t go into detail about which ones may have been changed but stated the process ended up changing more throughout the film.

“Everything was connected to everything so doing something to one venue would change all the other venues, so really we had to… we were working on that until the last minute,” Gilroy said.

Because movies are continuous, if you change one thing, you basically have to fix something else.

So a lot of scenes ended up cut, although Gilroy and Goudie said they couldn’t think of anything specifically that they wish would show up as a DVD extra or online in the future.

Gilroy and Goudie expand on the intricacies of the editing process in the full interview, delving into, for example, how the team blended the footage filmed 40 years ago into the finished product and why they took out the traditional Star Wars transition wipes. You can read it here.

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