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Rogue One Almost Had A Very Different Ending (SPOILERS)

March 21, 2017 | Posted by Joseph Lee

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, screenwriter Gary Whitta revealed that Rogue One: A Star Wars Story almost had a different conclusion that would have resulted in Jyn Erso and Cassian Andor making it off the planet Scarif in one piece. In the film, both are the only members of their crew to make it to the end and are killed when the Death Star fires a beam at the planet. In the original treatment from John Knoll and the first script from Whitta, the two managed to escape. Here are highlights:

On the original plan: “The original instinct was that they should all die. 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.”

On finally getting approval to do it: “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.”

On Jyn originally being a Rebel soldier: “In fact, some of the toys that are sold still say Sgt. Jyn Erso. 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.”

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

On how they originally got off Scarif: “A rebel ship came down and got them off the surface. 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.”

On Darth Vader destroying their ship in that ending: “They got away in an escape pod just in time. The pod looked like just another piece of debris.”