In an interview with Collider conducted by Steven Weintraub, actor Ben Mendelsohn, who portrays Director Krennic in Rogue One, revealed that as many as 30 scenes were filmed in various ways and differ greatly from what was seen on screen in the finished movie.
Could we eventually see these alternate Rogue One scenes included as bonus content on the forthcoming Blu-ray release? Fingers tightly crossed…
I’m curious, from what [Gareth Edwards] told you that day to what people are seeing on screen, is it very similar to what he pitched you?
MENDELSOHN: In terms of the overall swoop, yeah, very much. I think that Krennic developed sort of along as we went, he had different ideas. And he settled yet on exactly –He was still thinking of a couple of variations in a lot of things at that stage. If you want to talk about alternative takes on things, there’s been quite a few different renderings of this within Gareth’s mind, and I dare say some of it’s been captured on film. So there are different renderings.
I heard from a lot of the people I’ve spoken to –and I could be wrong– that when you shot it they would sort of play it multiple ways on set, so that way in the editing room…
MENDELSOHN: Yep, absolutely, very much. We did have multiple, multiple ways of going at any given scenario, we had multiple readings of it. So should they ever decided to, there would be a wealth of ways of approaching these different things. And I know from having seen sort of the crucial kind of scenes throughout it, I know there’s vastly different readings of at least four of those scenes.
So in essence there’s basically a completely different version of the movie that could be played on like an alternate cut of the entire film.
MENDELSOHN: Absolutely, with enormous differences within I would’ve said 20 or 30 of the scenes.
MENDELSOHN: There really would be. There would be enormously different renderings.