Felicity Jones Says the Fears About the Rogue One Reshoots Are Nonsense

Wednesday, 12 October 2016 - 2:04PM
Star Wars
Star Wars: Rogue One
Wednesday, 12 October 2016 - 2:04PM
Felicity Jones Says the Fears About the Rogue One Reshoots Are Nonsense
If there's a single word that fills modern movie fans with dread and apprehension, it's "reshoots." Reshoots, we've learned, is often industry shorthand for "we put together the cut of the film and it was such a trainwreck that we have to go back and try to fix it before we miss the release date." Suicide Squad is probably the most recent example of this, and we all know how that one turned out.

So when it was announced that Rogue One: A Star Wars Story would be undergoing extensive reshoots, a nervous ripple went through the crowd. The Force Awakens may have redeemed the franchise in the eyes of fans everywhere, but Rogue One is, as Bob Iger described it, an experiment with a different kind of film. These standalone anthology films are a new kind of Star Wars movie, and if Jyn Erso and the Rogue One team don't make it work, it could throw the whole series off and keep us from seeing the Boba Fett standalone movie we've all been waiting for since 1980.

According to a piece in the Hollywood Reporter, "[t]he 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," which seems to suggest that the film was judged to be too dark. "Too dark" and a grim, serious tone was the diagnosis for Batman vs. Superman, which was DOA once critics got ahold of it. According to a source, speaking about Rogue One:

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"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!"
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So it sounds like there was some tone trouble going on. But in a recent interview, Felicity Jones (playing the lead role of Jyn Erso) and Kathleen Kennedy (Lucasfilm president) downplayed the worries about the reshoots. Here's what Jones had to say:

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"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,' " she says. "I've done it so many times. I mean, you wouldn't just give your first draft on this story, would you?"
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And Kennedy backs Jones up, saying it's no big deal:

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"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,' " she says. "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. But it was always planned and nothing unusual."
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No matter the reality of the reshoots, whether mundane or catastrophic, the one thing no one at Lucasfilm wants fans to do is panic. We'll just have to see how things turn out in theaters on December 16th.
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