This year’s “Star Wars” film will be unlike any other that’s been released. “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” will be the first anthology film in the franchise, meaning it takes place outside of the main Skywalker family saga that constitutes the seven numbered films that have been released over the past four decades. “Rogue One,” a grounded and militaristic movie that doesn’t focus on the Force, might be a risk for Disney/Lucasfilm — and reports of expensive reshoots that surfaced in late May caused some to worry.
Since the initial reports broke — and were partly debunked — members of the “Rogue One” crew have taken time to explain the reshoots. In a new feature interview with The Hollywood Reporter, “Rogue One” star Felicity Jones put the reshoots in context.
“Obviously when you come to the edit, you see the film come together and you think, ‘Actually, we could do this better, and this would make more sense if we did this,'” said Jones, who plays the rough and tumble Jyn Erso. “I’ve done it so many times. I mean, you wouldn’t just give your first draft on this story, would you?”
Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy also said that reshoots are a part of the business, and most films undergo them. “I’m sure if you picked up the phone and called every single large, technical movie and said, ‘You ever gone in and done reshoots?’ they’d all say, ‘Oh God, yes,’ ” explained Kennedy. “So why has it turned into a big story? Because it’s Star Wars, and they put a spotlight and scrutinize every single thing that gets done. But it was always planned and nothing unusual.”
That’s right in line with what “Rogue One” director Gareth Edwards said back in June, too.
“I mean it was always part of the plan to do reshoots,” said Edwards. “We always knew we were coming back somewhere to do stuff. We just didn’t know what it would be until we started sculpting the film in the edit. There’s lots of little things that we have to get, but it’s all little things within the preexisting footage.”
In August it was revealed that “Bourne” franchise vet Tony Gilroy is involved in the reshoots and will help oversee the final edit of the film, while working closely with Edwards.
Directed by Gareth Edwards (“Godzilla,” “Monsters”) from a script by Gary Whitta and Chris Weitz, “Rogue One” stars Felicity Jones, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, Donnie Yen, Forest Whitaker, Diego Luna and Riz Ahmed.
“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” opens on December 16.
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