The extra scenes and storylines from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story left on the cutting room floor are getting new life in a planned comic book adaptation by Marvel Comics. First reported by Entertainment Weekly, writer Jody Houser and artist Emilio Laiso are adapting the movie for a six-part miniseries beginning in April that will "explore other facets of the story" for things "that didn't make it into the film."
"The comics will definitely expand on what was seen in both Rogue One the film and the novelization. Lucasfilm and Gareth Edwards had a bunch of ideas for extra scenes and character moments that didn’t make it into the film," said Houser. "I’m having a lot of fun playing around with those. Adaptations across different forms of media have always been a great opportunity to explore other facets of the story, and we’re excited to have new material in the Rogue One comic."
While the episodic Star Wars films have "always been a very clear black-and-white conflict" according to the writer, Rogue One is a "messy and very relatable struggle" she hopes to capitalize on in this adaptation.
"Aside from really enjoying a lot of the new characters, seeing a more fragile and grayer Rebel Alliance was one of the most intriguing parts of Rogue One for me," said the writer. "Outside of the battle between the Jedi and the Sith, which has always been a very clear black-and-white conflict, we see a very messy and very relatable struggle where making the right choices and figuring out the best course of action is rarely easy."
Houser says she is excited to explore the dynamic of Bodhi, Jyn, and Cassian particularly.
"I love the characters who stole the movie as much as everyone else - Chirrut, Baze and K-2SO, I would say - but I find something really compelling about the trio of Bodhi, Jyn, and Cassian," Houser told EW. "You have the new convert, the lapsed believer, and the life-long devout thrown together to work for a common goal. That’s a dynamic I’m excited to explore further."