It has become the most memorable moment of Rogue One: Rebel troops making a frantic escape with the Death Star plans find themselves in a dark corridor. We hear familiar breathing. A red lightsaber ignites. And the audience goes wild as everyone’s favorite Sith Lord goes to work.
But Vader’s showstopping scene wasn’t in the original version of the movie, director Gareth Edwards has now confirmed. Like just about everything else in Rogue One‘s third act, it was concocted by one of his editors — and shot a few months before the release of the Star Wars standalone.