Ben Mendelsohn Says Rogue One Could Have Been Many Different Movies

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It’s no secret that Rogue One: A Star Wars Story took many different forms before being released in theaters. The commercials and trailers alone prove that. But, according to the film’s villain, that may have just been the start of it.


Speaking to Collider, Ben Mendelsohn—Director Krennic himself—spoke about how the film could have been a great many things. He started off by explaining the reason for that was because of the various takes director Gareth Edwards took on set.

We did have multiple, multiple ways of going at any given scenario, we had multiple readings of it. So should they ever decided to, there would be a wealth of ways of approaching these different things. And I know from having seen sort of the crucial kind of scenes throughout it, I know there’s vastly different readings of at least four of those scenes.

That last bit stands out. At least four scenes? Why mention that specific number? To follow up, the reporter asked if the actor thinks there could have been “a completely different version of the movie that could be played on like an alternate cut of the entire film?”

Absolutely, with enormous differences within I would’ve said 20 or 30 of the scenes....There would be enormously different renderings.

Well, that’s incredibly intriguing. “Enormously different renderings.” At this point, though, it’s important to remember a few things. One, even if there are different versions of the film, the one that was released is the one that counts. Anything that’s not in this version is nothing more than trivia now. Second, don’t get your hopes up to ever see any of that footage. While a few snippets here and there may make it onto the Blu-ray or future materials, unless someone writes a tell-all book in the decades to come, odds are all this material is a bit too sensitive for the public’s eyes.

Read more about Mendelsohn’s experience seeing the final version of the film at the below link.



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I doubt the director going into the film would want that many variations on scenes, unless the end goal was to create X number of possible films, each variation to match how the studio/Disney wanted to take the film. Guess the question comes down to who had control of the editing process and what film they wanted to make.

I wonder if this is going to be the way BIG films are going to be shot from now on. Pad the budget for enough time/takes to give the studio the parts to cobble together a film that will produce the most amount of money/awards, rather than a director fighting to showcase their vision of a story they want to tell.