Despite reshoots being a standard thing in virtually every major movie production, Rogue One’s received unneeded attention from media who wanted to see Star Wars fail. In a new interview the editors of Rogue One reveal exactly what those reshoots added to the film, and it gives fans a new perspective on how the movie evolved during production.
John Gilroy and Colin Goudie explained to Yahoo UK that the reshoots were always on the schedule:
“Colin Goudie: I think everyone knew, from the offset, everything was always scheduled from day one for there to be pickups like on every film. We did exactly the same thing on â€˜Monstersâ€™, we always knew we were going to go back and do pickups, and it was the same thing with â€˜Rogue Oneâ€™, it was just something that was on the schedule.
We were always going to be there and it was a case of working out, as the story went on, which pieces need a bit more clarification, which places needed a bit more character.”
It sounds like Cassian and Bodhi had the most added to them in the reshoots:
“John Gilroy: They gave you the film that you see today. I think they were incredibly helpful. The story was reconceptualised to some degree, there were scenes that were added at the beginning and fleshed out. We wanted to make more of the other characters, like Cassianâ€™s character [Cassian Andor, the Rebel spy played by Diego Luna], and Bodhiâ€™s character [Bodhi Rook, the defected Imperial pilot played by Riz Ahmed].
The scene with Cassianâ€™s introduction with the spy, Bodhi traipsing through Jedha on his way to see Saw, these are things that were added. Also Jyn [Jyn Erso, the reluctant leader of the film, played by Felicity Jones], how we set her up and her escape from the transporter, that was all done to set up the story better.
Of course, things like that have a ripple effect all through the movie so there was a lot of work to do, and as Colin said, there were three of us, we rolled up our sleeves and we got to work and made the movie you see.”
The introduction to Jyn was different. Originally we didn’t see her in prison or the Rebels breaking her out of the transport:
“The point with the opening scenes that John was just describing was that the introductions in the opening scene, in the prologue, was always the same. Jynâ€™s just a little girl, so when you see her as an adult what you saw initially was her in a meeting. Thatâ€™s not a nice introduction.”
And the third act was very different, although they didn’t go into specific details on the changes:
“John Gilroy: It changed quite a bit. The third act has a lot going on. You have like seven different action venues, the mechanics of the act changed quite a bit in terms of the characters, and I donâ€™t want to go into too much detail about what had been there before, but it was different.
We moved some of the things that our heroes did, they were different in the original then they were as it was conceived.”
There’s a whole lot more in the interview, such as them describing how they did record the new dialog for Gold Leader (mentioning the shield gate) with the original actor and how they spliced in that old footage from A New Hope.