Earlier today, it was reported that Disney had ordered extensive reshoots on Gareth Edwards' Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Since then, sources have informed The Hollywood Reporter that this is indeed the case, but not for the reasons initially thought.
Much of the cast and Edwards will regroup in mid-June for a round of shooting. This move is happening after executives screened the movie and felt it was tonally off with what a “classic” Star Wars movie should feel like.
Not because the studio is in a state of panic, or unhappy with Edwards' vision for the film.
Thus, the goal of these reshoots will be to lighten the mood of the film, bring some levity into the story and restore a sense of fun to the adventure. The trade adds that while the first cut was a solid showing, it didn’t measure up to the bar set in terms of four-quadrant appeal and the studio doesn't want anything less than extraordinary for this one.
The reshoots will not impact the scheduled release date for the film.
The next chapter of the iconic saga follows a group of Rebel Alliance operatives attempting to steal the plans to the first Death Star seen in 1977's Star Wars: A New Hope.
Starring Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Jiang Wen, Forest Whitaker, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk and Riz Ahmed, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is directed by Gareth Edwards and hits theatres on December 16th.
Source: THR Heat Vision
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