Rogue One: A Star Wars Story requiring reshoots is NBD.
Over the summer, multiple reports suggested the blockbuster was in major trouble ahead of its Dec. 16 release date. Reps for Disney and Lucasfilm publicly denied the claims, which had sent fans into a frenzy. Looking back at the controversy, Felicity Jones—who plays Rebel Alliance recruit Jyn Erso in the series' first standalone film—insists that the constant speculation about the reshoots was misleading. "Obviously when you come to the edit, you see the film come together and you think, 'Actually, we could do this better, and this would make more sense if we did this.' I've done it so many times," Jones says in The Hollywood Reporter's Oct. 21 issue, on newsstands Friday. "I mean, you wouldn't just give your first draft on this story, would you?"
Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy was never concerned. "I'm sure if you picked up the phone and called every single large, technical movie and said, 'You ever gone in and done reshoots?' they'd all say, 'Oh God, yes. So why has it turned into a big story? Because it's Star Wars, and they put a spotlight and scrutinize every single thing that gets done," she says. "But it was always planned and nothing unusual."