Following news from earlier this week stating that "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" will undergo reshoots to add levity and fun, another report surfaced on Making Star Wars stating that the reshoots would be more extensive than initially reported.
That site's behind-the-scenes sources claimed that up to 40% of the film was being reshot and the cast and crew are expected to work six days a week for eight weeks. The sources said that director Gareth Edwards will be handling the reshoots with Christopher McQuarrie, and that the reshoots will hew closer to McQuarrie's draft of the script. That draft is considered by the sources to be better than what was shot, but that draft was also not completed before much of the film was already wrapped.
These rumors received a major rebuttal, though, when /FILM reached out to McQuarrie himself. The "Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation" director firmly denied all rumors of his involvement with the film, saying to /FILM:
"If there are any reshoots on Rogue One, I’m not supervising them. For any outlet to say so is not only wrong, it’s irresponsible. Gareth Edwards is a talented filmmaker who deserves the benefit of the doubt. Making a film – let alone a Star Wars chapter – is hard enough without the internet trying to deliberately downgrade one’s years of hard work. Who does that even serve? Let him make his movie in peace."
Set outside of the main sequel trilogy that began with “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” “Rogue One” is set just before 1977’s “Star Wars” and details the Rebel plot to steal the Death Star plans from the Empire. The film follows a cast of totally original characters, although it’s rumored that Darth Vader — and possibly Han Solo — could appear in the film.
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 Dec. 16.