Rogue One was loaded with surprises. The posthumous return of Peter Cushing as Grand Moff Tarkin, a young Princess Leia and even the absence of that slow-motion beach scene from the trailer elicited a fair amount of surprise from cinema-goers.
While CGI Leia was one of the biggest talking points of the entire film, the one scene that could very well rival it was that epic Darth Vader rampage that preceded it:
The intense scene left fans stunned, in the best way possible. But according to an Entertainment Tonight interview with Riz Ahmed, who played Bodhi Rook, not even the cast knew it existed:
"They kept that from us! That was never in the script. We didn't know about it!"
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Best Birthday Surprise Ever!
Allow me to set the scene for you: the date is December 1st— Ahmed's birthday, in fact. The #RogueOne cast are gathered at George Lucas' Skywalker Ranch, no doubt in some opulent private theatre, to watch Rogue One for the first time. Ahmed's pulse is racing.
The film is drawing to a close, and Cassian and Jyn are embracing on the beach of Scarif as the Death Star obliterates the world around them. But as Ahmed and his fellow cast members soon realize, the story isn't over just yet:
"It was the first time we saw it, so it was like, 'Oh okay, the film's finished... Darth Vader? Epilogue? Uh... What is going on here?” and we just all started shouting, and cheering and clapping in a screening room... Yeah, that was a sneaky one, that was sneaky."
Funnily enough, that Darth Vader scene almost never happened. It was actually a last-minute addition to the script. Luckily, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy approved the scene, and the birthday wish Ahmed didn't even know he had came true.
Were you shocked to see that Darth Vader scene at the end of Rogue One?
(Credit: Entertainment Tonight)