Industrial Light & Magic animation director Hal Hickel recently revealed on Twitter that there’s a deleted scene from “Rogue One” featuring two major “Star Wars” characters — Darth Vader and Grand Moff Tarkin.
- “Last Rogue memory for today,” he wrote in the post.
Someone then asked Hickel whether or not the photo was from the trailer or actually in the film.
- “Yes, there was a conversation between Vader and Tarkin that ended up out of the film,” Hickel said.
Another fan asked if the photo would be added to a special edition of the film.
- “I mean, I totally get the fan interest in deleted scenes, but those scenes don’t have completed VFX or anything,” Hickel said.
Why was the scene deleted?
According to ScreenRant, “Rogue One” went through a number of changes because the film needed a number of reshoots.
- “This particular shot of Vader was featured in the trailers for the film but never made it on the theatrical cut of the movie,” ScreenRant reports.
Other dropped concepts
Lucasfilm concept artist Christian Alzmann posted two photos to Instagram back in October 2020 that showed off concepts for Darth Vader’s Bacta tank, which helps him recover from the wounds he suffered from Obi-Wan Kenobi in “Revenge of the Sith.”
- The concept art showed Vader floating in a Bacta tank. The concept was not included in the final version of “Rogue One,” as I wrote about for the Deseret News.