The Star Wars spin-off will be re-jigged to fit with the tone of the original trilogy. But is there more on offer from the Rogue One reshoots? Read more after the jump.
It’s fair to say that when the trailer was finally released for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, there wasn’t a Twitter profile on earth that didn’t have an opinion on it. This is in no small part because the spin-off acts as a prequel to A New Hope, brining fans just minutes before th opening of the very first Star Wars movie. That’s pretty freakin’ exciting. However, what we saw in the trailer may not be exactly what we get in theatres. Reports started coming in yesterday that there were some Rogue One reshoots on the cards, with little to no explanation. However, we’re now getting reports of exactly what’s being changed about Rogue One.
The news from The Hollywood Reporter is that the Rogue One reshoots are taking place to lighten the mood a little. The news comes right after Disney executives were shown he first cut of the movie without fans or media. The overwhelming opinion is that Rogue One is “tonally off” and not in line with a “‘Classic’ Star Wars movie”.
It’s very easy to get miffed when you hear about studio executives making decisions that completely change the direction of the movie. When sources are saying that the plan for the Rogue One reshoots is to “bring some levity into the story and restore a sense of fun to the adventure”, it does sound like dilution. After all, didn’t Episodes I-III have more than their fair share of “fun”? However, there’s every chance that this decision is warranted. From the looks of the Rogue One trailer, the prequel does have a stoic, more aggressive vibe than that of Force Awakens. While it is enticing to think of a stone-faced military Star Wars movie, it may not be what the franchise needs right now. It certainly could be problematic for a movie that will lead straight into A New Hope.
It sounds like connections to A New Hope are playing a big part in the Rogue One reshoots. According to THR, one source said “This is the closest thing to a prequel ever. This takes place just before A New Hope and leads up to the 10 minutes before that classic film begins. You have to match the tone!”. It’s hard to argue against making the new movies more like the original trilogy, especially with Rogue One being so closely connected.
However, there are other rumours circling the Rogue One reshoots. Some sources are claiming that new Han Solo Alden Ehrenreich is being brought in to do a quick cameo. This would make sense since Ehrenreich hadn’t been cast until after Rogue One started filming. If this is true, it also points to Ehrenreich playing a Han Solo that is far closer to the age of Harrison Ford‘s Solo in A New Hope. Only 10 minutes apart in fact. This could help dissipate rumours that Ehrenreich’s Solo will be too far removed from Ford’s.
Just like with the recent Suicide Squad reshoots, the Rogue One reshoots are gonna make fans nervous. Gareth Edwards has a good track record as a director, could his instincts have been right all along. Having said that, we’re still none the wiser as to how the whole film really goes down. We may have to wait for another trailer or even the official release before we get to find out.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will get its release December 16th 2016. Watch this space for all the latest Rogue One movie news.