Evidence points to Rogue One originally having a very different ending

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Dec 19, 2016

It’s no secret that Rogue One: A Star Wars Story went back for some extensive reshoots, and a quick comparison between those early trailers and the final product make it abundantly clear that a lot changed along the way. But did the film almost feature a very different ending, too?

Spoilers ahead for Rogue One!

First up, there’s the fact that a boatload of the footage in those trailers didn’t make it into the final film — including what appears to be an action sequence where Jyn, Cassian and K-2SO run through the beach war zone to try and deliver the Death Star plans to another location. Several shots show Jyn on the beach during the fight (which never happens in the film), and in virtually every shot she is seen holding the Death Star plans. So there’s no doubt the ending was obviously retooled. 

It’s possible they originally had to just get the plans to another site to transmit them (though at this point K-2SO would've already been dead, right?), but a new report from The Hollywood Reporter makes those reshoots all the more interesting. Apparently Felicity Jones (aka Jyn Erso) is contracted for a sequel to Rogue One. Which is certainly strange, because literally every main character in the film was vaporized when the Death Star torched a chunk of the planet. So it begs the question: Did Jyn (and maybe a few others) survive in the original cut, possibly hopping a ship off the planet to deliver the Death Star plans in person?

The ending to Rogue One was certainly a gutsy one for a major tentpole release (especially one from Disney), but it also felt true to the type of story director Gareth Edwards was trying to tell. War is dangerous and there are casualties, and with a mission like this, sometimes there really is no way out. But, this being Disney — did the Mouse House originally want to keep Jyn alive to provide a bit more of a happy ending (and keep the character kicking around for another potential appearance)?

What do you think? Did Jyn survive in the early cut of the film? Or was she always destined to die?

(Via The Hollywood Reporter, /Film)