By now, most fans know that Rogue One: A Star Wars Story was a film that came together in many ways after principal photography was completed. Numerous scenes were deleted, and some moments were shot without the intention of even putting them in the film. The ending was shifted dramatically during editing and reshoots, changing the fates of various characters and even adding those amazing final Darth Vader moments. As a result, numerous moments we saw in trailers or heard about during the promotion of the film didn't actually show up in the final product.
Now, those cut scenes have a place to go beyond a Blu-ray.
This spring, Marvel Comics will release its six-issue adaptation of Rogue One from writer Jody Houser and artist Emilio Laiso. Since it's arriving not only after Rogue One's release but also after months of coverage about the filmmaking process, the adaptation has the advantage of access to the film's cutting room floor, something Houser plans to take full advantage of.
"The comics will definitely expand on what was seen in both Rogue One the film and the novelization. Lucasfilm and Gareth Edwards had a bunch of ideas for extra scenes and character moments that didn’t make it into the film. I’m having a lot of fun playing around with those," she said. "Adaptations across different forms of media have always been a great opportunity to explore other facets of the story, and we're excited to have new material in the Rogue One comic."
Now, Houser isn't specifying exactly which cut scenes she's using, and of course we can't expect an adaptation of the film to do something like completely change the third act, but this still presents an interesting opportunity to experience this story in a new way.
The first issue of Marvel's Rogue One comic arrives in April. Check out two covers from the series below.