Yesterday, we posted about the reshoots for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, and at the time there were no official reasons as to why the reshoots were being done. We mentioned that reshoots are often part of the process on big blockbusters, but rumors were that Disney execs were unhappy with the first cut of the film. We have updates to that story below.
The Hollywood Reporter posted that the reshoots are because execs felt that the film was “tonally off what a ‘classic’ Star Wars movie should feel like.” Word is that the film is more of a traditional war drama, and the reshoots are to lighten the mood and bring some more fun and levity to the film. Their source says “This is the closest thing to a prequel ever. 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!” It makes sense that the two films should tonally match if they align that closely in the timeline.
I would also like to thank Bryan Young at BigShinyRobot.com for his story clarifying the rumors as well.
It certainly sounds like Disney isn’t feeling like the film is a disaster, and are simply tweaking and improving the film. There’s a LOT riding on this first spin-off film, and Disney will be doing everything possible to make sure they are a success. As one studio insider said, “Anything less than extraordinary won’t do.”
There are also reports that Alden Ehrenreich may make a quick appearance as the young Han Solo. The actor wasn’t cast when principal photography was taking place, and it would make sense to have him make a cameo before he gets his own spin-off about his days as a smuggler before A New Hope.
I hope they do leave some of the dark and gritty aspects of the film, as this is a very dark time for the rebellion. I hope that they allow Gareth Edwards to create his vision as long as it fits within the established universe. It would be awesome to see different genres inside the Star Wars Universe, much like what Marvel is doing. What do you think?