Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Will Be Undergoing Reshoots

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story has been one of the most anticipated films of the year, even before we saw the first trailer (which you can see here). I loved the trailer. I thought it was excellent, and it really raised my expectations for the film, which is due out this December. A couple days ago, a rumor started going around that Disney had screened a cut of Rogue One, which was met with poor reactions, forcing the film to undergo major reshoots to fix the film. Later, this came out as not exactly true. Rogue One will be undergoing reshoots, but not for that reason.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, who has an inside source:
"Much of the cast and director Gareth Edwards will regroup in mid-June for another round of shooting. The move is happening after execs screened the film and felt it was tonally off with what a 'classic' Star Wars movie should feel like. The pic has not yet been tested before audiences, but one source describes the cut as having the feel of a war movie. 
"The goal of the reshoots will be to lighten the mood, bring some levity into the story and restore a sense of fun to the adventure."  

While I'm glad the reshoots are not happening because the film is in peril, I am kind of mixed on this. From what I've heard, they are reshooting about 40% of the film, which is a large number. When Edwards pitched the movie to us, he said he was putting the "war" into Star Wars. He promised a very different kind of Star Wars movie, one we haven't necessarily seen before. And that was the movie we were shown in the trailer. I don't want to see an all-heavy, dreary movie, but this film was promised to be a war film, and that's what I want to see. I don't necessarily want to see The Force Awakens. I want to see Rogue One. I understand it has to fit in with the tone, and it would be strange if it didn't. But I want there to be seriousness and a harder tone in this film.

Look at Marvel. All of their films have a connective tissue, but are different films with different tones. They all fit into the same universe, but they are different. That's what Rouge One needs to do. It needs to fit into the overall universe, but have a different tone and a different feel than the other Star Wars movies. Hopefully, with these reshoots, that's what they are doing. 

The Hollywood Reporter's source also went on to say:
"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!"
If they can do this skillfully, I'm in. If it feels like too much of a lead-up, and too much like fan-service, then it will be cheesy. But if they can make it feel organic, and naturally lead into A New Hope, then I think it could be really cool. This just proves why Alden Ehrenreich, the new Han Solo, can't be in the film. It's too close to A New Hope. Ehrenreich is supposed to be playing a younger Han Solo, not the Han Solo from A New Hope. Maybe a Chewbacca cameo, but even that is pushing it. It wouldn't be organic, and it would feel out of place. But with the reshoots, I hope they can make an awesome movie that will be the true prequel.

What do you think? Are you happy Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is undergoing reshoots? Is it a good idea? Should it be closer in tone to the other films? Is it smart to have the film end 10 minutes before A New Hope? Could the young Han Solo organically fit into the story? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.

Written by: Nate
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