Rogue One Reshoots: Is Disney Unhappy with the First Stand-Alone Star Wars Film?

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I’ve got a bad feeling about this….or maybe it’s all gossip, but lengthy and expensive reshoots are coming to Rogue One

When the first trailer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, fans were very excited with footage from the first stand-alone film in the Star Wars universe. Over the weekend, some troubling news started to come out about the film, and it appears that Disney isn’t happy with the first cut of the movie, and have scheduled heavy and expensive reshoots to try and fix the movie’s issues. Learn more after the jump.

Page Six broke the news about the reshoots, and while it’s usually a gossip site, they were the first to report Alden Ehrenreich getting the role of the young Han Solo. Take the following with a grain of salt, but there may be some validity here. They are saying that Disney isn’t happy with the first cut of the film, and there will be four weeks of expensive reshoots in July. The executives feel that Gareth Edwards has fallen short of what J.J. Abrams did with Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens, and with a property this valuable, they will do whatever they need to do to fix the film.

The anonymous source says “Disney won’t take a back seat, and is demanding changes, as the movie isn’t testing well.” We don’t know if that means that Disney has tested with audiences or just insiders at the studio. I am assuming it’s the latter, because there has been no mention on social media. Disney confirmed the reshoots, but is downplaying the reason saying “The filmmaking team and the studio always anticipated additional shooting and second unit work to make the film the absolute best it can be, and the actors were aware there would be additional shooting. Coming off ‘The Force Awakens,’ there’s an incredibly high bar for this movie and we have a responsibility to the franchise and to the fans to deliver the best possible movie we can.”

Reshoots are pretty standard for blockbuster films, but there has been a lot of talk among industry insiders about their worries for Rogue One. Like I mentioned before, there may be nothing here but industry gossip. Reshoots are often to be used to improve the film, and we won’t know for sure until December 16th. Disney has a LOT riding on this movie, and they will do everything they can to make sure this film is a success.

Are you worried about the film’s reshoots? Or are you still a believer in Gareth Edwards? We want to hear from you!

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