Soapbox: 6 Amazing Movie Scenes That Almost Never Happened

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It’s fair to say that this article took a bit of Indiana Jones-style archaelogy!

As even the most casual movie fan could tell you, virtually every frame of a film – even a bad film – takes months of planning and creative development.

Having said that, it’s quite startling just how many memorable movie scenes were either a last minute addition, or were very nearly left on the editing room floor!

From pre-production re-thinks to post-production re-shoots, you wouldn’t believe how many iconic cinematic moments came this close to not winding up on the screen.

With this in mind, here’s a round-up of six amazing movie scenes that almost never happened!

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Soapbox: 6 Amazing Movie Scenes That Almost Never Happened

Soapbox: A (Star Wars) Story Worth Watching – Five Reasons Why Rogue One Lives Up To The Star Wars Legacy

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Sadly, Rogue One’s soundtrack does not feature “Back In Black”

If Star Wars – Episode VII: The Force Awakens was a calculated risk on behalf of Disney and Lucasfilm, then Rogue One: A Star Wars Story was more of an out-and-out gamble. Could a spin-off film set outside the main instalments in the franchise and not focused on the Skywalker family actually work?

The answer, it turns out, is yes. Director Gareth Edwards’ story of a ragtag band of Rebels and their attempts to steal the Death Star plans has barely arrived in cinemas, and it’s already generating strong buzz among critics and fans alike.

Much like the Death Plans themselves, Rogue One is not without flaws – the beginning is a bit choppy, and the supporting characters are a bit thinly drawn – but its nevertheless a worthy new entry in the Star Wars saga, and here we look at the five main reasons why!

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Soapbox: A (Star Wars) Story Worth Watching – Five Reasons Why Rogue One Lives Up To The Star Wars Legacy

Crystal Ball: Kick-Ass Heroines, Battle Stations and Shades of Grey – Five Things We Learned From the Rogue One Teaser

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Don’t let the name fool you: there will be more than one rogue in this flick

The teaser trailer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story – the first film in the Star Wars Anthology spin-off series – landed today, and left those wondering if Star Wars – Episode VII: The Force Awakens was a fluke in no doubt that everyone’s favourite franchise was well and truly back.

I already penned a Crystal Ball feature on potential future Star Wars Anthology instalments, but the teaser for Rogue One got me so intrigued, I’ve found myself compelled to write this follow-up article as if I were the victim of a Jedi Mind Trick.

The new teaser doesn’t do much more than hint at the basic “Ocean’s Eleven in space” plot of Gareth Edwards’ film (it is a TEASER, after all), but even so, there’s still quite a bit to unpack here, so join me as we plot a course for spoilers and make the jump to lightspeed!

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Crystal Ball: Kick-Ass Heroines, Battle Stations and Shades of Grey – Five Things We Learned From the Rogue One Teaser

Crystal Ball: It is the future you see – five Star Wars spin-offs coming to a cinema near you

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What’s the better type of band? “Plucky” or “ragtag”?
When George Lucas sold Lucasfilm to Disney back 2012, fans went ballistic at the news that the long-anticipated (and seemingly cancelled) Star Wars sequel trilogy was now officially happening.

Once this excitement died down, speculation soon turned towards whether or not The House of Mouse would announce any standalone films unrelated to the core movies, in an effort to exploit the cash-making machine that is the Star Wars license for all its worth.

True to form, the Star Wars Anthology series was announced a few months later, with director Gareth Evans’ Rogue One: A Star Wars Story bringing us the adventures of a ragtag team of Rebel fighters in December 2016.

Disney-Lucasfilm have also made it clear that we can expect at least two more entries in the Anthology series, and we’re told that the next of these will focus on everyone’s favourite scoundrel, Han Solo (and which should totally be titled Han: Solo; Disney execs – you’re welcome).

But what other adventures set in a galaxy far, far away can we expect? Join me now as I make like a Jedi and peer into the future of Star Wars spin-offs!

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Crystal Ball: It is the future you see – five Star Wars spin-offs coming to a cinema near you