The Internet was abuzz this week with word that Disney is planning some rather expensive reshoots for Star Wars: Rogue One. Now we have a bit more context.
The initial report claimed the film is “in crisis,” though some more detailed information about the situation seems to indicate they’re just working ahead to make some tonal changes to bring Rogue One more in line with the original trilogy. According to The Hollywood Reporter, director Gareth Edwards and the core cast will reconvene in mid-June for some filming designed to “lighten the mood,” which apparently feels a bit too much like a “war movie” to feed directly into the timeline of the first Star Wars.
Initial reports that test screenings were held are apparently not true, though Disney execs did screen the film, which prompted the apparent direction of the reshoots. Why is it so important Rogue One tie in tonally to the first Star Wars? Because the end of Rogue One apparently pauses the narrative a mere 10 minutes before the opening of A New Hope. With it being that close, the studio felt they needed to keep the tone tighter so the transition isn’t too abrupt.
Since the film isn't even set to open until December, there's still plenty of time to make tweaks and lock in a final cut. Edwards' early version was apparently received well by Disney suits; it just didn't "measure up to the bar set in terms of four-quadrant appeal."
Along with tweaking the tone, Variety’s Justin Kroll also reports the reshoots will be adding in a cameo from a “very important character." Who that could be is up for interpretation -- if the narrative ends that close to the beginning of A New Hope, it's probably not a young Han Solo (recently revealed to be played by Alden Ehrenreich), but who else might it be? Lak Sivrak?
(Via The Hollywood Reporter)