Nearly half of the upcoming Star Wars prequel Rogue One is being re-shot, according to sources close to the film. Rumors have pointed to the possibility that the new “young Han Solo,” Alden Ehrenreich, may be making a cameo, and that could be one of many reasons for it. Many in the cast have said everything was being re-done, though they said it in a joking manner. Working six days a week in eight weeks on 32 re-created sets could just be that exhausting.
Re-shoots are common with big-budget films, and often there are things we see in trailers that never make it to the actual movie. One such case was Disney’s own Captain America: Civil War, where we saw Spider-Man (Tom Holland) grab Cap’s (Chris Evans) shield and land on a nearby van.
This was Spider-Man’s big introduction in the MCU, and the van landing was taken out of the final cut. This was probably due to Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) meeting him and Aunt May (Marissa Tomei) a few scenes earlier, so the trailer introduction would have been redundant.
Apparently, a major reason for the Star Wars Rogue One re-shoots is that Disney wanted to give the film a lighter tone. After Warner Bros. Pictures gave Batman v Superman too much of an edge and it bombed with critics, Disney may have wanted to avoid making the same mistake.
One of the biggest reasons for the Star Wars Rogue One re-shoots was actually due to the writers not being done with the final draft. The site, Making Star Wars, claims it was all about making sure the story and the draft sync up.
“Christopher McQuarrie, the final writer on Rogue One will be working extensively with Edwards onset to make sure they’re on the ‘same page’ with the most recent draft of the film…. It was not Edwards’ fault as McQuarrie’s draft wasn’t completed when much of the film was shot and revisions kept coming in that made the film feel uneven.”
When J.J. Abrams was accused of copying and pasting previous Star Wars films to make The Force Awakens, it may have been a sign for Disney that some plans needed to be altered. They might have also wanted to bring Alden Ehrenreich into the film for a cameo to help tie it in further with the saga. It isn’t known how many Bothans died to relay the facts at hand.
— GameSpot (@gamespot) June 2, 2016
Some are blaming the fact that Lucasfilm and Disney are attempting to release a Star Wars movie every year, and they felt the need to start filming before the screenplay was finished. There was another major film that suffered from being rushed to meet a deadline, and that was Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. Fans of the series that Lucas created are really hoping the next film won’t be the worst one since Attack of the Clones, which was a pain to sit through due to an over-exposure to an unconvincing romantic storyline and laughable CGI.
— Latino Review Media (@LRNews) June 3, 2016
For now, all we know is that nearly half of Rogue One will be re-shot to hopefully make it a better, more light-toned film. The introduction of a young Han Solo with Alden Ehrenreich might not make a big difference, and many fans believe re-casting the role that Harrison Ford made famous is a mistake.
What do you think? Will Rogue One: A Star Wars Story be a stronger film because of this?
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