Felicity Jones Talks ‘Rogue One’ Reshoots, Plus a New Poster!
Those pesky whisperings of reshoots for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story have been a thorn in the side of the upcoming film, at least amongst those who believe that reshoots can make or break a movie at the box office. The reshoots were rumored to have been ordered to “lighten the mood” of the movie, which, fine, Star Wars is, primarily, all about having fun and believing in yourself, and the dour mood of the prequels didn’t do those movies any favors. Now, Rogue One’s star Felicity Jones is here to reassure us all that the reshoots are really no big deal.
But first off, let’s all take a gander at the new poster that was just released today, featuring Jyn Erso and her motley crew looking appropriately heroic, and a little bit worried about the Death Star (and a familiar silhouette) looming behind them:
Something will definitely be going down on some sort of tropical beach, as previous posters and footage in the trailers have suggested. This is by far the most impressive and exciting poster Rogue One has released, and keeps with the tradition of Star Wars posters having all the heroes stacked on top of each other in the foreground. And, according to Fandango editor Erik Davis, who tweeted the poster, a new Rogue One trailer is dropping Thursday morning!
But now let’s talk reshoots. Felicity Jones is the subject of an illuminating profile in the most recent issue of The Hollywood Reporter, where she was asked about what the reshoots meant for the film. She’s not too worried, indicating that reshoots shouldn’t come as a surprise on a movie like this because it’s more experimental, the first one slightly off to the side of the primary Star Wars filmic narrative.
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?
So it sounds like, according to Jones, the work done on Rogue One was cosmetic at most. Disney has discounted the rumor that the reshoots dealt with 40% of the entire film, and Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy is equally confident that they’re not that big of a deal:
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.
Suicide Squad is the most recent movie whose reshoots were highly publicized and scrutinized, and that didn’t turn out so well for them. Let’s hope that the Rogue One crew knows what they’re doing, and that these reshoots are as small of a problem as Jones and Kennedy say they are.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story hits theaters December 16.