Jones, Kennedy On “Rogue One” Reshoots

Back in May/June there was all sorts of craziness surrounding the reshoots on Gareth Edwards’ “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”.

From their first announcement to speculation as to their extent from just tonal adjustments to full on rejiggering of nearly half the film with Tony Gilroy’s extensive help, it’s still not quite clear how much the final film we’ll see will differ from the original cut that Edwards delivered.

Speaking with THR this week, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy and the film’s lead actress have downplayed the reshoots as nothing out of the ordinary. First up, Jones says:

“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. I mean, you wouldn’t just give your first draft on this story, would you?”

Then Kathleen Kennedy played things even smoother, saying:

“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. But it was always planned and nothing unusual.”

As the first live-action “Star Wars” film outside the main saga narrative, and one that’s said to adopt a darker tone, there’s a lot riding on this and the future of the franchise in general. The film’s final trailer is said to be dropping shortly and will come ahead of the film’s release on December 16th.