We may never know just how much the Rogue One reshoots changed the movie. The word was that the work done by Tony Gilroy, who is now credited as a co-screenwriter, focused mostly on the final act of the film. Whether that’s true or not, one thing is clear: A lot of footage that was shot and used in early marketing material did not ultimately make the final film.
We got our first look at director Gareth Edwards’s film in April 2016 with the release of the official teaser, and what a difference eight months makes. Two more trailers and a Star Wars Celebration reel later, and we’ve got a whole new movie. And just to remind you how drastic some of the changes were, here’s all the footage from the official Rogue One trailers that aren’t actually in [Rogue One](https://www.inverse.com/topic/rogue-one].
Our first introduction to Jyn Erso seems to be the only introduction like this we’ll get. This shot didn’t make it in the final film, but we assume it was supposed to take place after the Rebels break her out of having to toil away at Wobani labor camp, but before she’s brought in front of Mon Mothma and Cassian Andor on Yavin 4 and given her mission briefing.
“I rebel.” This line might have been cut when the movie went though reshoots, or Gareth Edwards just figured the line was a bit too cheesy to include in the final film. It does, however, serve its function in the teaser: Just two words deliver all you need to know about who Jyn Erso is and how she sees the world.
This shot of a very mopey Krennic is missing from the final film, left out in favor of scenes featuring generally ornery-to-completely-pissed-off Krennic instead. Like Jyn’s absent “I rebel.” line, this look at Rogue One’s main villain was better served as eye candy for the teaser trailer, anyway.
Our first look at Saw Gerrera is also a bit incongruous with the final film, but may have just been cut for time. Saw has a shaved head in the prologue scenes, when he gets an alert from the Ersos that the Empire is on their tail. But later when Jyn visits him on Jedha, he’s sporting a pretty killer salt and pepper beard and hairdo on top of that mechanical Vader-esque suit.
This is a triple threat of missing shots. The second-long glimpse at one of Krennic’s Death Troopers was the first piece of footage ever seen of the standalone Star Wars movie, when a teaser for the teaser was advertised on Good Morning America. Marketing!
Similarly, the handcuffed Rebel pilots and Jyn’s sprint through the Imperial base on Scarif seem to also be victims of the much publicized reshoots.
No other Imperial bad guy is as dapper as Krennic, and the final film is sorely lacking a totally badass shot of his cape. It’s possible that this shot, which seems to be from a moment after the Scarif battle, was retooled in the reshoots since Krennic never sets foot on the beaches and dies on top of the communications tower.
This could have been taken from the transmission Kyra Erso sends to Saw, but it isn’t anywhere in the movie as is. Again, Saw’s close-coiffed hair is a dead giveaway of its extinction.
Edwards cited movies like Saving Private Ryan and Zero Dark Thirty (which was also filmed by Rogue One cinematographer Greig Fraser) as inspirations for the film, and this incredible pseudo-POV shot is proof of their influence. It’s unlike anything seen in any Star Wars film, and it’ll remain that way since this scene was ultimately cut.
Jyn does dress up as a member of the Imperial landing crew to sneak into the communications tower on Scarif, but this shot that looks straight out of The Empire Strikes Back seems like it was shot exclusively for the teaser.
Since when does Cassian stop for a second and fight alongside the Rebels? Apparently never.
This is perhaps the most glaringly obvious proof that the Rogue One reshoots did some major retooling of the end of the movie. In the final film, Jyn and Cassian get the Death Star plans from a remote data room in the communications tower on Scarif; they then have to beam the huge data files to the Rebel fleet above the planet. The scene above would have been something completely different.
In this version, Jyn and Cassian (and even Alan Tudyk in his K-2SO performance capture suit in the background) apparently flee with the plans on foot to presumably deliver them to the fleet in person.
Jyn never sits in the pilot seat of a U-wing; Cassian is usually sitting shotgun while K-2SO flies the thing. Plus, her and Cassian’s weirdly cheery back-and-forth in this moment from the first trailer is at odds with their dynamic in the final film. They’re both skeptical of each other in Rogue One until they decide they trust each other enough to attack Scarif.
This scene is in the actual movie, and Jyn does have to trudge over to the console at the end of the communications tower scaffold in order to program the dish to beam the Death Star plans to the Rebel fleet. And yet, she never has to worry about a TIE fighter.
Perhaps another shot made entirely for the trailer, this stinger at the end of the two-minute preview was most likely meant as a kind of fan service moment that also confirmed that Goth Anakin was indeed in Rogue One. The only problem is that he never stands in front of whatever it is he’s standing in front of in this shot. We only see him at his castle and then on the deck of his Star Destroyer before he tries to grab the Death Star plans before they make their way to the Tantive IV.
We see a closer version of these Jedi ruins on Jedha in the final film, as opposed to this shot, which shows a broader look at them. It’s unfortunate — it’s a gorgeous second-long shot that should have been included.
Here’s another shot of Vader, but this time we get a peek at his reflection in front of what looks like the Death Star, which is calculating its laser trajectory to blow up Scarif. Also, Krennic never talks to Vader on his Star Destroyer, though the second shot here could possibly take place in Vader’s castle.
This striking image of Chirrut and Baze nearly getting flattened by an AT-ACT doesn’t happen in the final film. Weirdly enough, the shot itself of the two running through the Scarif foliage is in the film, just minus the walker’s foot.