The star and producer of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story have offered their takes on the movie's alleged behind-the-scenes drama.
Depending on who you ask, reshoots on a movie are either standard practice, about as normal for a filmmaking team as changing their socks daily, or desperate measures designed to either improve or sometimes even save a troubled project. On a closely watched franchise like Star Wars, news of reshoots -- especially when they're said to be somewhat extensive -- can trigger all kinds of alarm bells with fans.
That's sort of what happened when news broke of reshoots on Rogue One, the upcoming prequel/spinoff directed by Gareth Edwards (Godzilla). But when asked about the Rogue One reshoots in a new interview by the Hollywood Reporter, star Felicity Jones took the "standard practice" route for her answer:
"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?"
Lucasfilm head honcho and Rogue One producer Kathleen Kennedy also weighed in on the reshoots:
"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."
Everything that Kennedy says above is almost certainly correct -- there's more scrutiny than usual because it's Star Wars, and reshoots were probably built into the schedule (which is something Marvel does with all its films). But the concerns about Rogue One might have been heightened by rumors that a) director Gareth Edwards had turned in what he promised -- a gritty war movie -- and Disney/Lucasfilm wanted something more in line with the overall family-friendly tone of the main Star Wars movies; and b) Edwards himself was back-benched for the reshoots, which were overseen by Tony Gilroy (who had collaborated with Edward previously on Godzilla revisions).
We may never know how much the reshoots have changed Edwards' vision for the film, if at all, but for now we'll give Jones and Kennedy the benefit of the doubt and go with the idea that there's nothing to see here, folks, it's all business as usual. And we'll know how all of this turns out when Rogue One: A Star Wars Story opens on Dec. 16.