New details have emerged regarding "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story's" upcoming reshoots following a report from yesterday. The initial report, which was given to Page Six by an unnamed source, stated that Disney execs were worried about the film and that it would undergo reshoots this July. Additional sources have confirmed this to both The Hollywood Reporter and Deadline, giving new information about the reshoots as well as clarifying the initial report.
While the initial report said the film wasn't testing well, a source told Deadline that "Rogue One" has not been tested before an audience; a first cut has only been screened for Disney "suits and producers." Deadline also puts the reshoots in context, noting that "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" and most other major releases undergo additional shooting.
THR's source stated that the reshoots are being done to "lighten the mood" and "bring some levity into the story and restore a sense of fun to the adventure." The first cut was said by a source to have the feel of a war movie. The film's getting a tonal shift in order to more closely match 1977's "Star Wars," since "Rogue One" directly leads into that movie.
“This is the closest thing to a prequel ever,” a source told THR. “This takes place just before 'A New Hope' and leads up to the 10 minutes before that classic film begins. You have to match the tone!”
Additionally, the news of reshoots lends further weight to rumors that Alden Ehrenreich, who was recently cast as the young Han Solo, might appear in the film. Ehrenreich was cast in the role after "Rogue One" wrapped filming in February, so the July reshoot could work his version of Han Solo into the picture.
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.