Any mention of the word “reshoot” during the production of a movie conjures images of a desperate scramble to correct major flaws. So when news surfaced that Disney ordered reshoots for Rogue One, there were concerns that a patch-up job was being undertaken following an early screening.
But rather than patch up, Disney is meticulously polishing a project that’s living up to some major expectations. According to , the reshoots are a result of Rogue One “lacking the edge” of The Force Awakens, with that edge resulting in a $2 billion success story.
Part of the allure of the Star Wars franchise has always been the careful balance between darker moments and humor, with the latter creating a lighter tone. Considering Rogue One Star Wars (1977), calibrating the two together is important.
And while we know Rogue One will lead on to George Lucas’s esteemed Episode IV THR journalist Borys Kit revealed that the link between the two films is essentially as close as it can get. He Tweeted:
ROGUE ONE, according to one of my guys, as prequel-ly as a prequel can get, leading up to 10 minutes before A NEW HOPE begins.Tone matters.
— Borys Kit (@Borys_Kit)
While also revealing the incentive to spend several weeks reshooting:
Yes, there will be more shooting for ROGUE ONE. The first cut was pretty serious. The new stuff to inject fun, “classic” feel.
— Borys Kit (@Borys_Kit)
An Important Cameo
Although fine tuning is to be expected, Variety reporter Justin Kroll also revealed further motivation which in itself is highly exciting. His Tweet explains the reshoots involved an important cameo:
Sources say reshoots are expected on ROGUE 1; nothing to worry about, most of the shoot will involve the cameo of a very important character
— Justin Kroll (@krolljvar)
Working on a project set deep within the Star Wars universe throws up a lot of exciting opportunities, with the cameo in question expected to be Han Solo, introducing youthful version of the character before his own solo Solo project in 2018’s Han Solo anthology film.
On the dark side, has previously reported that the iconic masked Sith Lord Darth Vader will also make an appearance, suggesting that he will be pulling the behind the scenes.
Rogue One ushers in a new era of stand alone anthology films, with the weight of Alderaan resting on director Gareth Edwards shoulders. Featuring Felicity Jones as Jyn Erso, the film will focus on the group of rebel fighters who plot to steal the plans for the Death Star, leading up to events in A New Hope.
Despite the last minute adjustments, the release date for Star Wars: Rogue One is still December 16, 2016.
What famous character would you most like to see cameo in Rogue One?