How That Darth Vader Lightsaber Battle Made It's Way Into 'Rogue One'


Changes made during filmmaking are a common scapegoat when things go wrong - critical flops like last year's Suicide Squad are often attributed to last minute changes, rewrites, reshoots, etc. But obviously, making changes to a film is a common, age-old practice that does not sink a movie automatically.

`Very often, changes are made to films that make them way more fun, and such is the case with Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, and that amazing lightsaber battle ending. Here's Director Gareth Edwards telling Fandango how creative tinkering and a dash of perfectionism put Vader on the rebel ship, in a scene he refers to as "The Walk of Death":

"He arrives and obliterates the Calamari ship, and then the blockade runner gets out just in time and he pursues the blockade runner. And then Jabez was like, 'I think we need to get Darth on that ship,' and I thought, yeah, that's a brilliant idea and would love to do it, but there's no way they're going to let us do it. It's a big number and we had, what, like 3 or 4 months before release. Kathy [Kennedy] came in and Jabez thought, f*ck it, and pitched her this idea, and she loved it. Suddenly within a week or two we were at Pinewood shooting that scene."
 "Because it was my last chance to do Star Wars, and because you know it's the end, we really were very careful with it. We storyboarded absolutely everything and tried to have no regrets."