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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story set for re-shoots

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Story by Jack Foley

ROGUE One: A Star Wars Story is set to undergo expensive re-shoots this summer in a bid to lighten the mood of the film.

According to various reports online, including an initial post by the New York Post and subsequent follow-up by The Hollywood Reporter, Disney executives who have seen the film have asked director Gareth Edwards and his cast to come back in order to deliver a finished version that was more in keeping with the tone of the original Star Wars.

The reports state that the existing film is more reminiscent of a war film that “jarred” with the “classic” feel of Star Wars.

The Hollywood Reporter even goes so far as to quote a source as saying that the re-shoots are designed to ‘lighten then mood, bring some levity into the story and restore a sense of fun to the adventure’.

Director Edwards, known for Monsters and Godzilla, will now head back into shooting this summer in order to meet the film’s December release date.

The film, one of a number of spin-offs to be set within the Star Wars universe, will focus on a plot to steal the plans for the Death Star that was alluded to in the very first moments of Episode IV: A New Hope. It stars Felicity Jones, Forest Whitaker and Diego Luna.

Last year’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens made more than $2bn (£1.4bn) worldwide, prompting analysts to predict that Rogue One could be one of 2016’s biggest box office hits.

Production is already underway on Star Wars: Episode VIII, the next chapter of the central franchise. A Han Solo origins film will also be another spin-off, with further speculation surrounding Rogue One‘s re-shoots concerning the possibility of giving newly cast actor, Alden Ehrenreich, the chance to appear in the film.

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