Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will not hit theaters for several months, but that is not stopping it from making headlines. In addition to the recent confirmations that Forest Whitaker’s character hails from The Clone Wars TV series and that the Dark Lord himself, Darth Vader, will appear in the film, it has been revealed that the film is undergoing some reshoots. Such news has generated a lot of speculation about the reasons for the reshoots. Some rumors say that Disney executives were unhappy with the film’s dark tone and insisted that more humor be added. Others go so far as to speculate that the film is being dramatically altered, both in terms of the tone and the overall plot. So, to clear things up, here are three things you should know about those Rogue One reshoots.
1. Reshoots are normal
Well, they are normal for action and effects-heavy films, anyway. It is common practice for the cast and crew to reunite to get shots and beats that they may not have gotten in the original scheduled filming schedule.
2. People were panicking about another film’s reshoots just a little while ago
Another forthcoming action film, Suicide Squad, drew panicked reactions when its cast and crew underwent reshoots. The speculation was almost the same as what we are seeing now: that they were adding more humor and wanted to lighten the film’s tone. This was outright denied by those actually involved in making the movie.
3. The creators say they are not altering the film’s story or tone
Lucasfilm’s President, Kathleen Kennedy said, in response to the reshoot rumors, “There’s nothing about the story that’s changing… it’s the movie we intended to make.” The film’s director, Gareth Edwards, had this to say: “It was always part of the plan to do reshoots.” He also added, regarding the material that is being reshot: “It’s all little things within the preexisting footage.”
Movies like these, being a part of series that are so beloved by so many, are under extra scrutiny for every move they make. Hopefully, when the movie releases in December, it will be made clear that there was nothing to worry about. Is this deflection by the creators to hide trouble behind the scenes? Is there truly nothing to worry about? Catch the trailer below, and let us know what you think in the comments!