Here's Why Disney Wasn't Satisfied With the First Cut of Star Wars: Rogue One

Wednesday, 01 June 2016 - 11:19AM
Star Wars
Star Wars: Rogue One
Wednesday, 01 June 2016 - 11:19AM
Here's Why Disney Wasn't Satisfied With the First Cut of Star Wars: Rogue One
Yesterday, reports started to trickle out that Rogue One was headed into reshoots after Disney was "unsatisfied" with the first cut. Now, a new report from THR has confirmed the reshoot rumors, and has shed more light on what needed to be fixed in the first Star Wars anthology movie.

According to the report, the first cut wasn't bad per se, it was just tonally out of line with what a "classic" Star Wars movie should feel like. THR's sources described Rogue One as more of a "war movie," so the goal of the reshoots would be to "lighten the mood, bring some levity into the story and restore a sense of fun to the adventure."

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"This is the closest thing to a prequel ever," a source said. "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!"
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But again, the industry insiders claimed that the first cut of Rogue One was a "solid showing" from director Gareth Edwards, it just didn't appeal to all demographics the way The Force Awakens did. So as the original report said, it's not that Rogue One is actually in serious trouble, more that it doesn't live up to the grand expectations set by The Force Awakens.

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"Anything less than extraordinary won't do," said a studio insider.
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And although these reports are unconfirmed, THR's sources also said that there's a chance a familiar face will be added to the film during reshoots. Alden Ehrenreich was recently cast as the young Han Solo, which means he missed principal photography for Rogue One, but many have predicted that he will have a small cameo ahead of his solo film in 2018.

Rogue One: A Star Wars story opens in theaters on December 16.
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