It looks like some folks aren’t too thrilled with the first spinoff to the Star Wars universe.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is going to be undergoing expensive reshoots over the summer, sources recently revealed in a Page Six article. Disney executives were reportedly “not happy with the movie” after being shown the first cut from director Gareth Edwards. The cast and crew will get back together for four weeks of reshoots this July.
It is not uncommon for large Hollywood movies—especially huge tentpole films like those in the Star Wars franchise—to do reshoots. Often, they simply beef up certain characters that have tested well in early screenings, or add clarity to scenes that early audiences and executives feel need more explanation. Sometimes more humor is added, other times more action. In the case of Rogue One, it is entirely possible that some recent additions to the Star Wars universe—like Alden Ehrenreich‘s younger Han Solo—might be added in as a cameo.
The Rogue One teaser trailer, which dropped back in April, made huge waves among Star Wars fans eager to see what exactly a Star Wars spinoff would look like. Fans were rewarded with a peek at a movie that not only resembled the original trilogy in look and tone, but also featured callbacks to the original movies with appearances from rebel leader Mon Mothma and notoriously slow yet somehow still intimidating AT-AT walkers.
For those who have been frozen in carbonite for the last year, Rogue One tells the story of group of rebel spies, led by Jyn Erso (played by Felicity Jones), on a mission to steal the plans for the first Death Star. While we know how the mission turned out (spoiler alert: the plans somehow manage to find their way into Princess Leia’s hands by the beginning of Episode IV), we have no idea what became of the crew who stole them. This December, we’ll find out.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is set to open in theaters December 16th. Directed by Gareth Edwards, it stars Felicity Jones, Mads Mikkelsen, Forest Whitaker, Diego Luna, and Ben Mendelsohn.