It's no secret that Rogue One: A Star Wars Story took many different forms before being released in theatres. The commercials and trailers alone prove that. But, according to the film's villain, that may have just been the start of it.
Speaking to Collider, Ben Mendelsohn — Director Krennic himself — spoke about how the film could have been a great many things. He started off by explaining the reason for that was because of the various takes director Gareth Edwards took on set.
We did have multiple, multiple ways of going at any given scenario, we had multiple readings of it. So should they ever decided to, there would be a wealth of ways of approaching these different things. And I know from having seen sort of the crucial kind of scenes throughout it, I know there's vastly different readings of at least four of those scenes.
That last bit stands out. At least four scenes? Why mention that specific number? To follow up, the reporter asked if the actor thinks there could have been "a completely different version of the movie that could be played on like an alternate cut of the entire film?"
Absolutely, with enormous differences within I would have said 20 or 30 of the scenes.... There would be enormously different renderings.
Well, that's incredibly intriguing. "Enormously different renderings." At this point, though, it's important to remember a few things. One, even if there are different versions of the film, the one that was released is the one that counts. Anything that's not in this version is nothing more than trivia now. Second, don't get your hopes up to ever see any of that footage. While a few snippets here and there may make it onto the Blu-ray or future materials, unless someone writes a tell-all book in the decades to come, odds are all this material is a bit too sensitive for the public's eyes.
Read more about Mendelsohn's experience seeing the final version of the film at the below link.