Star Wars Showrunner Speaks Out On If Fans Will Ever Get A Better Cut of Rogue One

Andor showrunner and Rogue One director Tony Gilroy there is no director's cut of the film.

By Douglas Helm | Updated

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The Hollywood Reporter recently spoke to Andor showrunner Tony Gilroy who confirmed that a better version of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story definitely doesn’t exist. Gilroy, who was brought on to the Star Wars prequel for rewrites and to do monitor reshoots, said, “Uh, no,” adding, “That was the absolute best possible version you could ever have.” While there was quite a bit of unused footage from the film that was left on the cutting room floor, it appears that the footage was cut for a reason.

While some fans are interested in seeing a director’s cut of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, the fact remains that the film is pretty good as is. In fact, many might consider it one of the best films from the franchise since Disney took the reins. Plus, that film gave us the fantastic Andor series, so there shouldn’t be much for fans to complain about.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story followed the group of heroes who came together to steal the Death Star schematics from the Empire. The film leads directly into the events of Star Wars: A New Hope, and there’s definitely a lot to love about it. Felicity Jones starred in the film as Jyn Erso, along with Diego Luna, Alan Tudyk, Donnie Yen, Wen Jiang, Ben Mendelsohn, Guy Henry, Forest Whitaker, Jimmy Smits, Genevieve O’Reilly, Riz Ahmed, and Mads Mikkelsen.

Stellan Skarsgard and Diego Luna in Andor

Tony Gilroy would then be brought back to the Star Wars universe as showrunner and writer of Andor, which follows Diego Luna’s character from Rogue One, Cassian Andor, before he joins the Rebellion. The consensus amongst Star Wars fans is almost unanimous that Andor is one of the best live-action projects Star Wars has done since the original movies, so clearly, Gilroy has some idea of what makes great Star Wars content. The first season is currently available to stream on Disney+, and we should be getting the second season in August 2024 (Gilroy announced at the Star Wars Celebration that they were halfway through filming, so it’s unclear if the WGA strike will affect this release window).

We don’t know a ton about Season 2 of Andor, but we do know that the final episodes will lead directly into the events of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Undoubtedly, Diego Luna will be returning to reprise his role as Cassian Andor. It also seems likely that we will see Bix Caleen (Adria Arjona), Luthen Rael (Stellan Skarsgård). Mon Mothma (Genevieve O’Reilly), and Saw Gerrera (Forest Whitaker) back for Season 2.

Hopefully, we’ll see more characters from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story introduced in Season 2. Ben Mendelsohn’s Orson Krennic could be an interesting addition to the cast, and hopefully, we will see Alan Tudyk’s K-2SO as well. For now, we’ll just have to wait and see how Gilroy plans to connect the corner of the Star Wars universe that he’s been given.

While Andor Season 2 will definitely be the last season of the show since it’s leading into Rogue One, it hopefully won’t be the last contribution Tony Gilroy makes to Star Wars. While we wait for Andor to return, make sure to check out the first season on Disney+. You can also check out Disney’s latest Star Wars project Star Wars: Visions Season 2 on the platform.

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