Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, directed by Gareth Edwards, definitely will be undergoing reshoots just as Star Wars: The Force Awakens did before it was released as well as Paramount’s next installment of Star Trek. With so much riding on these franchises, it’s gotta be good. The New York Post first reported the do-over on Rogue One; however, to clarify, there were no test screenings and rather a re-shoot decision was made after Disney suits and producers watched the initial cut of the highly anticipated first spinoff.
In fact, Disney never screened The Force Awakens before a test audience.
According to sources, the first cut was lacking the edge that Force Awakens had, and the story needs to jell. The film’s December 16 release date will not be affected, according to one insider — and with Comic-Con fast approaching, hopefully the studio might be able to tease fans with at least a little something.
Rogue One stars Felicity Jones, Ben Mendelsohn, Forest Whitaker and Mads Mikkelsen, and Alden Ehrenreich might make a cameo appearance as Han Solo, much like Mark Hamil did as Luke Skywalker in Force Awakens. Darth Vader is expected to be in it too.
Deadline reported first back in April that Ehrenreich was closing in on the plum role of Han Solo in a stand-alone Star Wars installment, so this picture is the perfect launching pad for the next one. We also reported that the project and the casting have been shrouded in secrecy — to the point of it being referred to as project Red Cup (as in Solo cups).
Episode VII (The Force Awakens), which also required about three weeks of re-shoots, made a whopping $2.07B worldwide after smashing a number of box office records.