ROGUE ONE Writer Hits Back At Freddie Prinze Jr. And Confirms Gareth Edwards Directed Darth Vader Scene

ROGUE ONE Writer Hits Back At Freddie Prinze Jr. And Confirms Gareth Edwards Directed Darth Vader Scene ROGUE ONE Writer Hits Back At Freddie Prinze Jr. And Confirms Gareth Edwards Directed Darth Vader Scene

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story writer Gary Whitta has lashed out at actor Freddie Prinze Jr. after the Rebels actor claimed Dave Filoni helmed the 2016 movie's standout Darth Vader scene. Check it out...

By JoshWilding - Mar 07, 2023 07:03 PM EST
Filed Under: Star Wars

Earlier this week, we told you about Star Wars Rebels actor Freddie Prinze Jr. claiming that Dave Filoni (The Clone Wars) was responsible for directing Rogue One: A Star Wars Story's standout Darth Vader sequence. 

At the end of the movie, the Sith Lord unleashed the full extent of his powers, using a combination of his lightsaber and the Force to make short work of the Rebels attempting to steal the Death Star plans. While they ultimately managed to escape, we know it didn't take Vader long to catch up with Princess Leia, setting the stage for the events of A New Hope

The scene is often highlighted as Rogue One's best moment, so giving Filoni the credit for helming that is quite the bold claim on Prinze's part. It's no secret the movie underwent extensive reshoots, of course, and it's long been disputed about who was at the helm of those (Andor showrunner Tony Gilroy is thought to have been involved in some capacity). 

However, the Kanan Jarrus actor's comments have been debunked by Rogue One's writer, Gary Whitta, in a scathing series of Tweets (via

Confirming original director Gareth Edwards directed Vader's big moment, he demanded an apology from Prinze and revealed that scene was one added fairly late during reshoots. 

Prinze has yet to clarify his remarks or respond to the backlash that's followed them, but it may be he got the wrong end of the stick (with Filoni involved in a less direct manner). 

Take a look at Whitta's series of Tweets below. 

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WowMuchComicBoo - 3/7/2023, 7:05 PM
Why is Gary so angry
AmazingFILMporg - 3/7/2023, 7:23 PM
@WowMuchComicBoo -

Maybe because a whole ass economy has been created of fake movie news and click bait🤡
Ha1frican - 3/7/2023, 7:43 PM
@WowMuchComicBoo - He’s just like that. If you watch him on Kinda Funny he mostly just acts like an arrogant Dick most of the time
kazuma - 3/7/2023, 8:09 PM
@WowMuchComicBoo - Because he wrote Forspoken
MyCoolYoung - 3/7/2023, 8:35 PM
@kazuma - I love foreskin
PapaSpank54 - 3/7/2023, 7:05 PM
Man RIP Gareth Edwards' career. Goes from indie hit to directing the first Godzilla movie in ten years to Star Wars to [frick] all in like 5 years.
AmazingFILMporg - 3/7/2023, 7:22 PM
@PapaSpank54 -

Rip? Why? Cause of rogue one? Kennedy is such an incompetent leader that in hindsight Edwards is vindicated with how star wars has turned out since rogue one. It's on life support. Look at the chaos.💁
Toonstrack - 3/7/2023, 7:25 PM
@AmazingFILMporg - lol star wars is completely fine. What franchise on life support puts our 4 tv shows a year? Are you smoking?
dagenspear - 3/7/2023, 7:48 PM
@Toonstrack - Life support still equals technically living, and that can be used as a meaning for it's dead creatively.
TheHumanSpider2 - 3/7/2023, 7:49 PM
@Toonstrack - what about movies? You think the current state of Star Wars in movies is what Disney had in mind when they bought the IP?
AmazingFILMporg - 3/7/2023, 8:23 PM
@Toonstrack -

Star wars on the big screen was severely hurt by JJ and Kennedy's leadership. How many projects did she announce and then cancel or fired the creatives? She literally fired directors when they were in the middle of production 🤡🤡🤡
AmazingFILMporg - 3/7/2023, 8:49 PM
@Toonstrack -

Perfect timing🤣

It's like if variety saw your reply and released the article to back up my claim😂😂😂
Toonstrack - 3/8/2023, 1:06 AM
@dagenspear - if thats the criteria it was in that state well before Disney got it lmfao. And even then, andor is better than anything that came lut during the prequel era
Toonstrack - 3/8/2023, 1:07 AM
@TheHumanSpider2 - i think they saw an opportunity in the show and took it, but aside from the acolyte and rogue squadron they didn't have a ton of movie plans beyond finishing the Skywalker stuff anyway. We know kenobu was gonna be a movie but they saw they could make more money as a show so thats what they did.

Honestly star wars doesn't really need a ton of movies, the ip serves tv shows much better, thats become clear.
Toonstrack - 3/8/2023, 1:08 AM
@AmazingFILMporg - fieges done the same. And none of scheduled movies have actually been cancelled anyway, they've made it clear they are waiting on the cast and crew members like patty and glover
Toonstrack - 3/8/2023, 1:09 AM
@AmazingFILMporg - aside from pattys thing none of these were ever announced, just rumored.
dagenspear - 3/8/2023, 5:50 AM
@Toonstrack - Not at all. There's more creativity in the pinky of the PT, than there is in the majority of Disney era content. One of the few exceptions of creativity is Andor.
Toonstrack - 3/8/2023, 5:12 PM
@dagenspear - I don't disagree, its too bad that creativity was used i the service of a much more poorly done story than the later materials... and not all of GLs ideas were even good.
GhostDog - 3/7/2023, 7:16 PM
EZBeast - 3/7/2023, 7:16 PM
Still would pay to see an unedited version of Gareth’s version. Disney didn’t like it because it was “too dark”…
EZBeast - 3/7/2023, 7:17 PM
@EZBeast - version of rogue one!
BobGarlen - 3/7/2023, 7:33 PM
The Darth Vader Hallway scene and Vader using a Pun are the only good scenes Disney ever put together for a Star Wars movie.
TheHumanSpider2 - 3/7/2023, 7:39 PM
I remember reading a trailer company shot it after terrible screentests (same thing así Suicide Squad, basically), I guess it wasnt the case.
That is one angry writter...
TheVandalore - 3/7/2023, 7:40 PM
I wish Rogue One was a show. We needed time with that crew. I didn't care when any of them died.
Ha1frican - 3/7/2023, 7:44 PM
@TheVandalore - I cared about the Robot and Donnie Yen that was about it
CyberBishop - 3/7/2023, 8:05 PM
Gary just looks like a dick.
KaptainKhaos - 3/7/2023, 8:13 PM
Give'em some toy lightsabers and let'em dual it out like men
DocSpock - 3/7/2023, 8:18 PM

Rogue One was great & the only Star Wars movie since the original trilogy with the heart & substance of those 3.

DarkModeDan - 3/7/2023, 8:43 PM
Such an odd thing for Freddie Prinze Jr. to assert out of nowhere. I double-checked and he pretty explicitly says "directed" in the interview. Was he trying to say it was Filoni who proposed the scene, or maybe storyboarded it?

The other parts of his interview, like him talking about mandalorian stuff that never made it into The Clone Wars showing up in Mandalorian was pretty interesting. Might have to take it all with a huge grain of salt now that this "Vader scene" claim is looking untrue though. 🤨

OriginalGusto1 - 3/7/2023, 8:57 PM
@AmazingFILMporg - That's clearly uncomifirmed Porg.
AmazingFILMporg - 3/7/2023, 8:59 PM
@OriginalGusto1 -

Shut your dirty ass mouth you old dirt bag. It's variety. It's not💁
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