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Gareth Edwards Reveals How They Used a Never Before Seen Footage from A New Hope in Rogue One

Actor Drewe Henley aka: Red Leader as seen in the 1997′ Star Wars Special Edition added footage.

 

Gareth Edwards spoke with RadioTimes this week and dropped some interesting details about the two familiar X-Wing pilots that appear in the ‘Battle of Scarif’ sequence in Rogue One. Check out what he had to say after the jump….

 

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story blasted into theaters this week earning an estimated $155.5 million dollars in its first weekend at the box-office. Set between the events of Star Wars: Revenge Of The Sith and Star Wars: A New Hope, Rogue One does an incredible job at launching Disney’s series of Star Wars stand-alone films, adding important back story to the new canon.

 

One of the most interesting additions to the film was the digital resurrections of Garven Dreis and Jon Vander, the Red and Gold Leader X-Wing pilots seen in the 1977 blockbuster flick. The two characters were added into the ‘Battle of Scarif’ sequence after Gareth Edwards came across some never-before-used footage, while doing research for his all-new spin-off film.

 

“We went to Skywalker ranch, and there’s the archives there. And as we’re walking around, and doing all the cool things and looking at the Millennium Falcon and trying on Han Solo’s jacket and things like that, in the back at the bottom was all these cans of film. And we said ‘what are they?’ and they said ‘Oh, it’s Star Wars.‘ And you go… ‘has someone gone through all this? And it’s like ‘not really, they’re not fully like digitized at all.’”

 

 

Edwards decided that he and his team needed to take a closer look at what really was at the bottom of all those film cans. After going through each film reel they found out that some included extensive previously unseen footage and unheard lines from the original Star Wars film. Edwards was told the footage hadn’t really been looked through in a while because it wasn’t digitized, so he grabbed the negatives and pored through the footage himself.

 

“We got the neg documents and found the clips from A New Hope that hadn’t been used,” he recalled. “And there’s pilot photography and lines that were never featured in A New Hope.”

 

After he found the original negatives that included the deleted scenes of the pilots, mainly from the Death Star attack at the end of the film, he also found an X-Wing call sign exchange that didn’t make it into the film as well.

 

It was at this point that Edwards thought that it would be cool if some of the newly found footage could be used in his new film. So, he enlisted the magicians over at Industrial Light & Magic to see if anything could be done. With the help of the best effects crew in the world, they managed to figure out a way to add the famous pilots’ scenes into the 3rd act of the film.

 

 

Later, Edwards said that he basically jumped for joy when he heard the fan reactions when Garven Dreis and Jon Vander’s character appeared on screen during its L.A. premier.

 

“At the world premiere in LA, there was this massive cheer at a particular point in the film,” Edwards said, referencing the pilots’ appearance. “It was the only time during the premiere where I actually punched the air.”

 

My take: This was one of those moments that had me doing a double take when I first watched the film in the theater this week. So many things that was done right in the movie and this was one of them. Now, get out and see Gareth Edwards’ masterpiece…. again!

 

Star Wars: Rogue One is in theaters now

 

May the Force be with us!

 

 

 

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