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In this edition of Rogue One Bits:

  • More details about the Rogue One: A Star Wars Story reshoots arrive online.
  • The first TV spot arrives.
  • A new image of Riz Ahmed as Bodhi Rook.
  • The covers of three Rogue One books are revealed.
  • Mads Mikkelsen drops new details about Galen Erso.
  • David Prowse isn’t pleased to learn Darth Vader is coming back.

In an interview with Digital Spy, Mads Mikkelsen commented on the five weeks of reshoots Rogue One: A Star Wars Story recently underwent. His tone is very much in line with the official face Lucasfilm has put on the situation: reshoots are normal on big budget movies and everything is fine. Here’s the choice quote:

No, it’s kind of normal. In all the big-production films I’ve done so far, they have always called me back for little reshoots, it might be something that they want to change, the way we did it was wrong, or it might be something that they wanted to add so it’s kind of a normal process on big films, they’re covering all their bases.

We now know that the reshoots are over and were close to being finished when Star Wars Celebration kicked off in London. But now we’re starting to learn more about what’s going on behind the scenes…

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There have been stories that Lucasfilm was bringing in outside assistance on those Rogue One reshoots ever since they were first announced and Mike Fleming at Deadline has tossed a blue milk carton full  of gasoline on this particular fire. In the middle of a larger column, he drops this tidbit:

Even the big tent poles are fraught with uncertainty; they keep news about Star Wars locked up like Fort Knox, but I heard on those Rogue One re-shoots, it was Tony Gilroy behind the camera and not Gareth Edwards.

Gilroy is best known as the screenwriter of the first four Jason Bourne movies and the director of The Bourne Legacy and Michael Clayton. While reshoots on major movies are very common, bringing in another filmmaker is not. It’s too early to start panicking about Rogue One (that is Lucasfilm’s job), but it’s starting to look like things may be a bit more contentious behind the scenes than anyone wants to admit in public.

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A separate story at The Hollywood Reporter also confirms Gilroy’s heavy involvement in bringing the film to the finish line, saying that he worked as an uncredited writer on the project is now heading up post-production alongside the original director, Gareth Edwards:

Gilroy, 59, writer of several Bourne movies and director of The Bourne Legacy and Michael Clayton, became the driving force behind Rogue One‘s extensive, recently wrapped reshoots, which ran around five weeks. Now he is said to be “supervising” the edit with input from Edwards, who scored the Rogue One job after his 2014 Godzilla reboot impressed Lucasfilm’s Kathleen Kennedy. Edwards, 40, remains very much involved and still is the face of the movie, appearing at Star Wars Celebration in mid-July.

THR does note that this pairing has been collaborative (no one has been locked out of an editing room yet), which makes sense. Gilroy also assisted Edwards on 2014’s Godzilla. While this whole situation may appear more fraught than expected, it’s vital to remember that producer Kathleen Kennedy and Lucasfilm are well aware of how important Rogue One is to preserving the Star Wars legacy. If the film doesn’t work quite yet, all of this business is only evidence that they are working overtime to make a good movie and we should take comfort in that much.

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