‘Rogue One’ Editor John Gilroy Talks About The Film’s Dramatic Third Act

Last week Rogue One editors John Gilroy and Colin Goudie shared several interesting details on how the film was altered during the series of planned reshoots. As part of a new interview segment posted on io9, Gilroy spoke about how the production team addressed all the action that took place on screen during the film’s exciting, edge-of-your-seat third act. An assortment of excerpts from the interview are provided below, but be sure to take the supplied source link for the full read.

“It was a very complicated third act,” Rogue One editor John Gilroy told io9. “There’s a lot of things happening at the same time. Our characters are at different places in the movie and we’re cutting from one to the other to the other. And you had to keep things clear, but you had to keep things moving.”

“This movie was supposed to be different than other Star Wars movies,” he said. “They were trying to push the envelope of what a Star Wars movie could be. And when you do that, you try to walk that line. You want to make it different but you also want to very much make it part of the whole Star Wars saga. So trying to find that balance was the biggest challenge.”

“For all the bells and whistles in the third act, the important thing is what’s happening with the main characters,” Gilroy said. “These are the things you follow first and you work out from there. So as wonderful and complicated as the star battle was, that had to fit into what was going on on the ground.”

And how about those final minutes of the film where we see a side of Darth Vader never before displayed on the silver screen?

“The emotional jump that you’re making was very well thought out,” he said. “I was very happy with how we moved people first with the poignancy of the death, then the amazing action sequence which you aren’t expecting and then seeing Leia for a moment knowing that, like 20 minutes later, the first movie is going to start. It moves your emotion to a different direction without manipulating you, I don’t think. It really takes you to a great place.”

Justin LaSalata
Located in New York with his wife Dianna, Justin LaSalata is the US Editor of Jedi News responsible for reporting on all areas of Star Wars related news as well as coverage from NY Comic Con and Toy Fair NY.