24 June, 2016 - NME.com
Gareth Edwards, the director of this year's Star Wars spin-off Rogue One, has insisted his film will not be "compromised" by reshoots.
Last month (May) it was reported that Disney executives were "not happy" with the spin-off and had ordered "four weeks of expensive reshoots". Some fans began speculating online that the Mouse House might be unhappy with the film's tone, which is expected to be less bright and breezy than last year's Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
Speaking to EW, Edwards played down the significance of the reshoots, saying: "I mean, it was always part of the plan to do reshoots. We always knew we were coming back somewhere to do stuff. We just didn’t know what it would be until we started sculpting the film in the edit."
"Obviously, you've got to work around everyone's schedule, and everyone's on different films all over the world, and so it's a bit of a logistical nightmare," he added. "That's why I think it's been blown out of proportion a little bit."
Edwards went on to refute the rumours that Disney might be tampering with the film's tone. "I'd definitely describe it as: It's got dark tone,” he said. "The studio has been very supportive of that. I mean, the sort of tone we were going for when we started was the tone you have in films like The Empire Strikes Back. And that’s not in any way been compromised."
The movie is due for release on December 16, 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 is remaining predictably tight-lipped on that.