In case you forgot, Chirrut Îmwe is one with the Force and the Force is with him. Donnie Yen’s character says that mantra way too many times in Rogue One, and a photo Yen posted on his official Instagram page shows a deleted scene with Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones) where he would have probably uttered it again.
The photo, which sadly is not video footage, shows Chirrut and Jyn riding aboard Cassian’s U-wing after the Rogue One squad narrowly escaped the Death Star’s test firing on the holy city on Jedha. The characters hightail it to Eadu to capture Jyn’s father, Galen, so he can give them definitive information about the fault in the Death Star plans that could help the Rebellion gain ground in their fight against the Empire.
The scene in the final cut is just kind of a holdover until they get to the remote Imperial outpost. But Yen’s Instagram pic indicates there was a moment shared between Chirrut and Jyn where the former Guardian of the Whills once again calls upon the power of the Force to guide him. Since Jyn is there to witness the moment, it’s possible it was another instance of him realizing she also has some latent Force power about her. Chirrut first hinted at this when he noticed her Kyber crystal necklace in the Jedha marketplace.
Yen’s post is another example of the now infamous case of Rogue One’s deleted scenes. None will be included in the Rogue One home video release, which makes the hubbub about what was cut and what was included in the reshoots even more tantalizing.
For his part, Yen wished this moment, in particular, was left onscreen. The caption says, “Wish these moments were kept because it’s good!” It seems there’s a vague hint there that he wasn’t impressed with the final cut of the film. But that doesn’t mean everyone else wasn’t impressed either. Rogue One remains the highest grossing film of 2016, regardless of the reshoots.