‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’ Reshoots: Mads Mikkelsen Weighs In

The internet has been full of conflicting reports regarding this summer’s reshoot schedule for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story lately, and now actor Mads Mikkelsen has voiced his opinion on the ongoing production work in a new interview with the Independent.

A number of reports regarding Rogue One have surfaced online in recent weeks, leaving Star Wars fans largely at a loss when it comes to what is going on with the film. Some of those reports have asserted that only minor work is being done on Rogue One, while pointing to the fact that nearly every movie goes through a process of reshooting some scenes. Others have suggested, however, that the production being undertaken on Rogue One this summer is far more extensive, and that the film is being lightened in tone in order to more closely match the core Star Wars trilogy, most recently exemplified by The Force Awakens.

Actor Mads Mikkelsen plays an as-yet-undisclosed character in Rogue One, who is said to be somewhat villainous, even though he isn’t portraying the film’s main antagonist. While recently speaking to the Independent about the U.K. release of Men and Chicken, the topic of Rogue One‘s reshoot schedule was addressed, and according to Mikkelsen, the production is simply business as usual.

“Basically, all the big films I have done always have reshoots, it is part of their budget. They’re either not super happy with a scene bit, the way we were acting, or maybe there’s something they want to add. It’s not a new thing, it happens with every film. Whether it’s bigger or less, I have no idea, I have nothing to compare with. It’s the same film, it’s just adding little bits here and there to do the final polishing. That’s my feeling.”

Mikkelsen went on to reveal that he has only one day of reshoots to do for Rogue One, which was scheduled for roughly two weeks after the interview was conducted. On the subject of Disney, Mikkelsen noted that the company “loves” that conflicting reports regarding Rogue One are circulating online; from their vantage point, those stories serve as free advertising for the film.

The actor also noted that he isn’t yet allowed to reveal who he portrays in Rogue One. Despite the leak of a seemingly official story guide for Rogue One that hit the internet last month, which the Inquisitr noted at the time, the names of the characters involved in this Star Wars story have yet to be confirmed by Disney. It is known from the first trailer that Felicity Jones is playing Jyn Erso, and previous reports have revealed that sci-fi veteran Alan Tudyk will appear in a motion-capture role as a former Imperial droid. While the rest of the cast made their debut appearances in the first trailer for Rogue One, little other information surrounding them has been made available.

That same story guide not only revealed character details, but seemingly proved the presence of another beloved Star Wars villain in the film: Darth Vader. As Moviepilot notes, the Sith Lord’s role in Rogue One has long been rumored, though it remains unconfirmed. The leak, however, revealed an image of the main cast of the film with Vader towering over them, the Death Star ascendant in the background.

Whether or not Vader actually appears in the film remains an open question. Star Wars fans will get a chance to find out for themselves though, when the revamped cut of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story hits theaters this December.

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