June 2, 2016 – Is Rogue One in trouble?
The Hollywood Reporter divulged this week that Disney executives have ordered director Gareth Edwards to spend several additional weeks re-shooting the stand-alone film because it does not match the tone and feel of a classic Star Wars movie.
Disney executives had recently screened Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, which is described as being very dark and, essentially, a war movie. The problem, they opined, is that the movie is a true prequel and occurs immediately before the opening of Star Wars: A New Hope, and the two movies will not blend seamlessly in tone.
Episode IV is well known for its sense of fun and adventure and its dashes of humor. Disney wants Rogue One to add some levity and to tonally match Episode IV.
Rogue One is the story of rebels, first alluded to in A New Hope, who have stolen the plans to the first Death Star. The climax, of course, is the rebels’ successful seizure of the plans. And within ten minutes of A New Hope‘s opening, Princess Leia is transferring the plans to R2-D2. Therefore, the tone between the movies must match to prevent a disconnect in the storytelling.
Cast and crew will assemble again in mid-June for another round of shooting, this time with the aim of lightening up the mood a bit. Principal photography had already occurred between August 2015 and February 2016. Despite the additional work involved, Disney has no plans to delay the Dec. 16th premiere.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the third-highest-grossing movie of all time (over $2 billion worldwide), has set the bar very high. Therefore, while Rogue One‘s first cut was said to be “solid”, this was less than acceptable to Disney. The first stand-alone Star Wars film has to be stellar.
The reshoot order has launched a new rumor that actor Alden Ehrenreich, who was just recently cast to play a young Han Solo in a separate movie (due out 25 May 2018), might have a minor non-speaking appearance in Rogue One. A Han Solo cameo in the movie could be similar to Luke Skywalker’s one-minute appearance at the end of The Force Awakens, a visual teaser and foreshadowing of things to come.
But the young Han Solo rumor has not been confirmed. You know how rumors go.
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