Ben Mendelsohn Talks Shooting Different Versions of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story


Now that we’ve seen the film in theaters, and after watching the many trailers that proceeded it, we now know that Gareth Edwards filmed different versions of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story…

Actor Ben Mendelsohn (Orson Krennic) is opening up and talking about the different versions of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story he filmed under the direction of director Gareth Edwards. Collider got a chance to talk to the actor and got the story on what happened, going as far as to say there are different renderings of Rogue One that exist.

"Yep, absolutely, very much. 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."

Collider asked Mendelsohn if there was a completely different version of the film, an alternate cut  if you will, and the actor confirmed that there was “enormously different renderings.”

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"Absolutely, with enormous differences within I would’ve said 20 or 30 of the scenes."

20 or 30 scenes that were shot multiple ways is something that interests me quite a bit. In fact, if Disney/Lucasfilm wanted to capitalize on the maximum profit out of Rogue One, a film that is now the second highest grossing film of 2016, then there would be a collector’s edition released with the alternate version as a completely separate film. Lucasfilm could even title it, Rogue One: The Alternate Cut. 

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