Even as Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (see our review) continues to make a shit ton of money – latest count more than US$388 million worldwide, according to Box Office Mojo – it’s worth noting that it could have been a very different movie.
If you’re a Star Wars traditionalist, you might have found Rogue One‘s gritty, war-like tone jarring. though it was true to director Gareth Edwards’ promise that the movie would be ‘edgier’ than other Star Wars movies. As someone remarked when I came out of the cinema: “I waited two hours to see one light saber.”
But during an interview for the new book ‘The Art of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’, scriptwriter Chris Weitz told Yahoo Movies that an early version of the Rogue One script featured the Jedi extensively. In fact, the mother of Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones) was meant to be a Jedi:
“For a long time in the story, there were Jedi around, even if only in the background. Jyn’s mother was a Jedi. We thought that it would be more interesting to have a story without Force powers, without lightsabers. We could explore a period of broken faith, a galaxy without hope. There’s despair because the Jedi are gone – and with them, for many, even the memory of the Force. That meant our story could be about normal people pulling themselves up by their bootstraps.”
Nevertheless, Lyra Erso does have a strong connection to the Force, while the blind monk Chirrut Imwe (Donnie Yen) is the closest thing to a Jedi.
In light of Weitz’s revelation, it’s worth recalling that Rogue One underwent extensive re-shoots back in June. All of which begs the question: how much of Edwards’ original vision survived intact?
Would you have liked to see Jedi in Rogue One? Tell us your thoughts!