Reshoots are a common thing to happen in the creation of a big budget tentpole film. After principal photography wraps up, the film’s cast and crew would return to film additional scenes and/or shots. Marvel Studios frequently does reshoots for its films, while Warner Bros.’ Suicide Squad has underwent reshoots to add more action. Now, the next blockbuster to join the list is Lucasfilm‘s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
The news was originally broken by Page Six and later confirmed by The Hollywood Reporter. In the middle of June, Rogue One will undergo reshoots with several cast members and director Gareth Edwards. These reshoots will go on for several weeks. This decision was made after the film was screened for Disney execs.
According to THR’s sources, Disney wants Rogue One to match the tone of the original Star Wars trilogy as closely as possible. The spin-off takes place literally right before A New Hope, and currently, its tone is more serious than Disney wants. The reshoots intend “…to lighten the mood, bring some levity into the story, and restore a sense of fun to the adventure.”
Another possible reason for these reshoots is to incorporate that rumored Han Solo cameo. Recently, Alden Ehrenreich was cast as the character in Chris Miller and Phil Lord’s Han Solo movie. That film doesn’t begin production until January, so a Rogue One cameo explains why Han is cast now. Plus, now that an actor has been selected – after Rogue One wrapped principal photography – they can go back and film his scene(s) during reshoots.
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