'Rogue One' Almost Had a Happier Ending

Were you one of the many Star Wars fans who cried at the end of Rogue One, when our star-crossed heroes perished under the weight of the first Death Star, but not before shuttling the secret plans to the Rebellion?

Yet, for both Gary Whitta and fellow screenwriter Chris Weitz, it was clear no matter how they looked at it that the team had to pay the ultimate price for their victory - but that the fact it was a Disney film meant it wouldn't happen.

Rogue One co-writer Gary Whitta said that prequel was a major step toward that direction, with a handful of legacy characters playing supporting roles, while the story was led by new heroes. Both Whitta and his successor as writer on the project, Chris Weitz, felt the team needed to die - and that the "writing gods" were making it hard for them to survive. To transmit the plans, they had to escape and run along the beach and go up the tower. We told them, we feel they all need to die, and [Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy] and everyone else said to go for it.

Rogue One hits digital download March 24, followed by Blu-ray on April 4.

After a few attempts at writing this ending, though, the team behind Rogue One felt it would be better with the original sacrificial ending. Jyn and "Cassian" escape with the plans Scarif via a Rebel ship.

The early version of the ending also didn't feature Chirrut Imwe (Donnie Yen), Baze Malbus (Wen Jiang) or Bodhi Rook (Riz Ahmed). Today, EW has some insight into more changes that occurred throughout the course of Rogue One's trip from script to screen, including details on the film's alternate (and happier) ending.

All well and good, until Vader pursues the shuttle and ultimately destroys it before turning his attention on Princess Leia's own craft. Let us know your thoughts in the comments below... They jumped away and later [Leia's] ship came in from Alderaan to help them. Vader eventually destroys the Jyn/Cassian ship and then chases Leia's ship, which is where "Star Wars: A New Hope" opens. "The ship-to-ship data transfer happened off Scarif". Naturally, it would have been Jyn Erso and Cassian Andor. But don't get too freaked out just yet, he's talking about films that'll be made in 10 or 20 years, which still leaves plenty of time for all of our favorite old-school characters to show up in numerous films.

  • Salvatore Jensen