Trouble is afoot behind the scenes on the first Star Wars spinoff movie, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, as Disney executives have ordered weeks of costly reshoots.
Rumour has it that the powers that be at Disney were not impressed by British director Gareth Edwards’ first cut of the film, which will be the first Star Wars flick that’s not part of one of the three trilogies.
“The execs at Disney are not happy with the movie, and ‘Rogue One’ will have to go back into four weeks of expensive reshoots in July,” according to a source quoted by Hollywood gossip site Page Six.
The movie is due for release on 16 December this year, and stars English actress Felicity Jones as the mercenary Jyn Erso, as well as the likes of Mads Mikkelsen, Ben Mendelsohn, Forest Whitaker and Diego Luna. Set between Episodes III and IV, the plot will cover rebel soldiers trying to steal plans for the first Death Star. Darth Vader is heavily rumoured to be appearing, though Disney’s remaining predictably tight-lipped on that.
A young Han Solo, who could be played by Alden Ehrenreich – who is due to step into Harrison Ford’s jodhpurs in an as-yet untitled film about his life as a mercenary – could also make a cameo.
It’s not all bad news for Rogue One, however. Page Six quoted another source, who said: “The filmmaking team and the studio always anticipated additional shooting and second unit work to make the film the absolute best it can be, and the actors were aware there would be additional shooting.”