The first stand-alone film that took us back to a galaxy far, far away was one of the high points of 2016. It was also the most seamless #StarWars prequel we've had to date and boasted the best live-action rendition of one of cinema's greatest villains, Darth Vader.
However, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story almost included a different story arc for the Sith Lord formally known as Anakin Skywalker and would've taken Darth Vader down a different path; one that involved the death of a major character.
"You have failed me for the last time."
Instead of slaughtering Rebel soldiers in a corridor, Darth Vader was supposed to kill a beaten Director Krennic after the battle of Scarif. Like Jyn Erso and the rest of the gang, Director Krennic was also supposed to survive the battle in earlier drafts of the script.
Rogue One screenwriter Gary Whitta revealed this alternate storyline in a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly. He continued by saying that Vader's epic scene in Rogue One was not even supposed to be in the film, but like every other Star Wars fan, he's glad it's there since that scene is also his favorite:
I had pictured early on Vader murdering all these Rebel soldiers, but I never wrote it into the script. It was an idea that stuck around after I left and they ended up finding a cool way to use it. It’s actually my favorite thing in the film.
So Why Did The Script Change?
While fans will certainly be debating whether or not the #StarWarsUniverse would be better off if Jyn and her crew had survived (as they did in earlier drafts of the script) for years to come, the finished film ties up loose ends well and it makes sense that none of the major players survived the battle of Scarif after it's destruction by the Death Star. It's an especially poetic end for Krennic, whose dearest creation became the source of his demise.
Whitta pointed out that having him survive the blast was going to be tough to rationalize:
They tore him out of the rubble and they brought him back. When they’re going over the ruins, he somehow survived. It’s a bit of a reach, which is why it isn’t in the finished film.
As it is, Darth Vader's epic scene in Rogue One is arguably the best scene in all of Star Wars, but would you have wanted the Dark Lord to finish Krennic instead?
Are you happy with the change that was made? Let me know in the comments below!
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