People had mixed thoughts on Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Some loved it and some positively hated it. Whatever your feelings on the spinoff may be though, it seems that one of the most celebrated/contested scenes in the space-based blockbuster was its final Darth Vader lightsaber battle, which was either one of the most awesome Star Wars moment ever, or one of its most pointless and detrimental. Either way, you probably won’t be too surprised to learn that it was, in fact, a reshoot.
In an interview with Yahoo! Movies (via Screen Rant), editor John Gilroy revealed that the action packed sequence was one that Disney staged during its additional filming over the summer months.
What was added — and it was a fantastic add — was the Vader action scene, with him boarding the ship and dispatching all those rebel soldiers. That was something conceptualized a little later.
Based on its somewhat awkward inclusion into the final ten minutes of Rogue One, this news probably isn’t terribly surprising to most. That said, even if it felt a little inappropriate and unnecessary, it’s hard to grow up a Star Wars fan and not get at least a bit of a thrill out of that slice and dice moment of pure Sith-empowered awesomeness. The execution was exhilarating, captivating and awe-inspiring, and there’s likely no shortage of fans who agree.
What did you think of the lightsaber battle, though? Did you find the Rogue One: A Star Wars Story reshoots to be beneficial to the film or detrimental? Sound off in the usual place and let us know your thoughts!