The sizzle reel features another slow motion shot from the beach run.


In the behind-the-scenes sizzle reel, we see Jyn, again with Death Star plans in hand, running through the beach turned war zone. Cassian can also be seen in the frame.


Even TV spots from 10 days before release feature shots of Jyn with the Death Star plans on the beach.


During this clip you can barely make out Alan Tudyk in the background running in his motion capture suit, confirming that K-2SO was still alive as Jyn and Cassian stormed the beach with the Death Star plans.


One of the most iconic pieces of imagery from the Rogue One marketing campaign features the squad of Stormtroopers patrolling through the knee-deep water on Scarif. These images were first debuted at Star Wars Celebration Europe (at the conclusion of the reshoots) and became the basis of the print and billboard marketing campaign even though the shots are no longer in the movie.

During his Star Wars Celebration Europe presentation, Edwards hinted that the shot might not actually be in the movie, saying, “A storm actually started coming in when we filmed this bit, and the problem is, if you use it, people will think its like bad VFX because it looks like we cut things out and done things to it but that’s exactly how it looked on the day.”


The Rogue One teaser poster gives us some clue as to what the scene may have been like in the original cut of the movie. The stormtroopers seem to be blocking another patch of land; perhaps this is where the rebel group was heading after not being able to broadcast the Death Star plans from the Imperial facility. While the art above was created for marketing and may not represent the original cut of the film, it’s notable that we see all of our team including K-2SO in this moment. Perhaps the team did not die apart as they did in the finished film.

And here are two shots from the sizzle reel to back this up. Jyn with Death Star plans in hand.


In fact, the print campaign for the movie used the imagery of Jyn and her Rebel crew running through the water but the Death Star plans are photoshopped out of her hands.

So if the Rebel crew didn’t all die separately in battle, as they do in the final film, how did the movie originally end?


Here is a shot of Krennic standing in the aftermath of the rebels’ attack on the tropical planet Scarif. In the theatrical cut of the film, Krennic is in the tower when the Empire decides to vaporize the planet. This seems to place the character in a very different location on the beach in these ending moments.


And here is another shot from the sizzle reel of Krennic chasing the rebels on the beach turned war zone.

krennic trailer shot

Ben Mendelsohn’s Orson Krennic stands reserved in front of a screen. It’s hard to determine when exactly this shot would have played in the movie, but it’s likely he was meeting with a superior like Darth Vader. On the other hand, he seems to be holding a blaster, so maybe not.


And there seems to be an entirely different scene with Darth Vader that is no longer in the movie. In the second trailer we get this reflection of Vader on the highly reflective black floor, which seems almost like an introduction. In the first full-length trailer, we saw the back of Vader’s helmet in this deleted scene, staring at a red screen on the wall.

These shots were in TV commercials for the film in the weeks leading to release. While I understand that Disney would use shots from the original cut in the early teaser and trailer, it’s surprising they would continue to use shots weeks leading to release as they must have known at that point that this scene was no longer in the film.


Is this meeting with Krennic from this scene? In the second trailer, the director lectures Vader about the Death Star: “The power that we are dealing with here is immeasurable!” This scene appears to be taking place on a Star Destroyer.

Rogue One Cameo

So as you can see, there was a lot of footage and dialogue in the Rogue One marketing that didn’t make the final film. I believe that the reshoots reworked Jyn’s character a bit to make her more empathetic and less antagonistic. And it seems quite obvious that the entire climactic third act was completely reworked with Jyn storming the beach with her Rebel team with the Death Star plans. It may be some time until we find out the real answers to what was in the original cut of the movie, but these are the best answers we have for right now.

And if you haven’t yet, check out our previous Rogue One coverage:

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