Back in May, a report surfaced that LucasFilm's first Star Wars spin-off, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, was set to undergo extensive reshoots, reportedly because Disney "panicked" after test screenings weren't favorable. It was later clarified several times that the reshoots were happening, with Tony Gilroy coming aboard to work on the script. Star Riz Ahmed called the additional photography "par for the course," since they are common on practically every big budget movie these days. Today we have a new report where Felicity Jones and Kathleen Kennedy reassure the fans that reshoots shouldn't be a cause for concern.
The Hollywood Reporter released an extensive profile on Felicity Jones, who stars in the upcoming Robert Langdon adventure Inferno alongside Tom Hanks later this month, where the star spoke about these reshoots. Earlier reports revealed that reshoots took place over a five-week period in June and July, although little is known about what was shot. While Felicity Jones wouldn't shed light on the story, she explained why the reshoots happened in the first place.
"Obviously when you come to the edit, you see the film come together and you think, 'Actually, we could do this better, and this would make more sense if we did this.' I've done it so many times. I mean, you wouldn't just give your first draft on this story, would you?"
It wasn't too long ago that any form of reshoots was a big hint that a given movie is in trouble, with the studio ordering filmmakers to fix problem areas before the release. Now, though, reshoots have become commonplace on any big budget movie, with Kathleen Kennedy revealing that, like many other movies, Rogue One actually built reshoots into the shooting schedule. Here's what she had to say below.
"I'm sure if you picked up the phone and called every single large, technical movie and said, 'You ever gone in and done reshoots?' They'd all say, 'Oh God, yes.' So why has it turned into a big story? Because it's Star Wars, and they put a spotlight and scrutinize every single thing that gets done. But it was always planned and nothing unusual."
Felicity Jones plays Jyn Erso, who leads a team of Rebels on a daring mission to steal the plans for the first Death Star in Rogue One, which is set between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope. The actress beat out a number of other high-profile actresses for the role, such as Rooney Mara and Orphan Black star Tatiana Maslany, with Kathleen Kennedy revealing that she first had the idea to cast Felicity Jones, whose work she had admired since Like Crazy. Here's what Kathleen Kennedy had to say about casting Felicity Jones, adding that Disney chairman Alan Horn had the final say in the matter.
"Alan was incredibly excited by Felicity's work and loved her as an actress. She's relatively petite, but you would never know it. I mean, she comes off very strong and physical and capable, and all of those things were the qualities that we were looking for."
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story also stars Mads Mikkelsen, Ben Mendelsohn, Alan Tudyk, Diego Luna, Forest Whitaker, Donnie Yen, Riz Ahmed, Jonathan Aris and Wen Jiang. Gareth Edwards directs Rogue One from a script by Gary Whitta and Chris Weitz, with this spin-off hitting theaters December 16. That will be followed by Star Wars: Episode VIII on December 15, 2017, Star Wars: Han Solo Story on May 25, 2018, Star Wars: Episode IX sometime in 2019 and a third Star Wars spin-off, reportedly centering on Boba Fett, arriving in 2020.