Why You Shouldn't Worry About Star Wars: Rogue One's Reshoots, According To One Cast Member

Reshoots after a movie has wrapped filming often sends up warning flags. If the filmmakers thought they had everything they needed once, what changed their mind? Word that Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is now going through the process has many fans worried. However, one actor wants fans to relax, everything is fine. Reshoots are a completely normal part of the process that should be expected to happen, according to Mads Mikkelsen.

Over the last couple of weeks, we've heard a number of reports regarding reshoots for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story . Depending on who you talk to, these reshoots are either no big deal or a massive overhaul of up to 40% of the film. Independent spoke with Mads Mikkelse, and asked him about the reports. As one would expect, he downplayed any potential problems with the movie, saying:

Basically, all the big films I have done always have reshoots, it is part of their budget. They're either not super happy with a scene bit, the way we were acting, or maybe there's something they want to add. It's not a new thing, it happens with every film. Whether it's bigger or less, I have no idea, I have nothing to compare with. It's the same film, it's just adding little bits here and there to do the final polishing. That's my feeling.

At least from Mads Mikkelsen's perspective, his statement sounds accurate. He says he only has one day of reshoots scheduled in a couple of weeks. This doesn't sound too bad, although it should be pointed out that with the level of secrecy that the Star Wars movies have, it's highly unlikely that Mikkelsen has any idea what else is needed for reshooting beyond what he's needed for. We don't know how big his part is in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and so we don't know how much of the film is being left alone.

If we take into account all of the varying reports that we've heard regarding the reshoots, we can actually paint a picture that seems fairly clear. One report has said that the major issue that Disney has with Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is one of tone. Since the film ends just before the events of Star Wars: A New Hope, it's important that the tone of the new film match that of the old one. If the tone issue is as extensive one, it could require a lot of new filming. However, after those changes are made, the movie, as far as its story and characters go, will still be the same movie. Based on Mads Mikkelsen's comments here, that the issues that lead to reshoots can be minor changes to a scene, or a need for a slightly different acting performance, he seems to be supporting this idea.

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