Ever since it was announced that Gareth Edwards would be filming reshoots for some scenes in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, the franchise’s immense fandom has been scrutinizing every bit of gossip to come from the Star Wars camp. In spite of reassurances from Disney, Lucasfilm, and the Rogue One director himself, fans have been convinced that something has gone drastically wrong with the Star Wars standalone film, going so far as to create an entirely imagined feud between Edwards and Disney studio heads. Now, another voice of reason is stepping up to once again urge Star Wars fans to cool their jets and put things back in perspective.
Felicity Jones Says Rogue One Reshoots Are Nothing To Worry About
Felicity Jones is the latest person connected to Rogue One: A Star Wars Story to step up and speak publicly about the much talked about reshoots, and as theHollywood Reporter shares, Jones is very determined to convince fans that there’s nothing amiss with the latest Star Wars film. In fact, as Felicity describes it in terms that any artist of any medium could understand, the idea of reshooting scenes seems less and less interesting.
“Obviously when you come to the edit, you see the film come together and you think, ‘Actually, we could do this better, and this would make more sense if we did this.’ I’ve done it so many times,” Jones says. “I mean, you wouldn’t just give your first draft on this story, would you?”
Kathleen Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm, seems to share similar thoughts to those of Felicity Jones, as she also discusses the Rogue One reshoots in terms of polishing a project before presenting it to the public. Like Jones also implies, the idea for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, or any other film, is to present the best possible work.
“I’m sure if you picked up the phone and called every single large, technical movie and said, ‘You ever gone in and done reshoots?’ they’d all say, ‘Oh God, yes. So why has it turned into a big story? Because it’s Star Wars, and they put a spotlight and scrutinize every single thing that gets done,” says Kennedy. “But it was always planned and nothing unusual.”
Why The Rogue One Lead Role Went To Petite Felicity Jones
Coming to a Star Wars film, one has to expect a long line of actors eager for a shot at the lead in one of the biggest film franchises in cinematic history, and as E! News reveals, Jones did have to compete with some fairly big names, Tatiana Maslany and Mara Rooney among them. While Jones might have seemed too small and soft at first glance, Disney Studios Chairman Alan Horn had favored Felicity from the moment he heard she had shown interest in the Jyn Erso role.
“She’s relatively petite, but you would never know it,” Ms. Kennedy says in explaining why Horn had been so eager to have Jones cast in Rogue One. “I mean, she comes off very strong and physical and capable, and all of those things were the qualities that we were looking for.”
Felicity credits her preparation for the Star Wars auditions, which included spending hours upon hours studying Florence and the Machine music videos. Jones says the lead singer, Florence Welsh, was a great inspiration when it came to developing the way Jyn Erso moves and reacts.
“So much of Jyn is movement. It became a very important part of finding her,” Felicity Jones reveals. “She walks almost a bit like a caged animal. Her fight sequences become like dances.”
Jones’ approach to acting seems to be working for her, because Rogue One: A Star Wars Story isn’t her only upcoming film. Within the next year, Felicity will also be seen in Collide, A Monster Calls, and Dan Brown’s Inferno.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is set to hit theaters on December 16.
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