'Rogue One: A Star Wars Story' movie news: Director discusses the reshoots

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The hype surrounding the “Star Wars” lives on, as fans anticipate the upcoming “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.”

The executives behind the new film recently shared some details about the film, specifically talking about the recent reshoots that they had to do. Since it was revealed that the production team of “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” ordered reshoots, fans have become curious as to why they had had to happen, especially since the film is expected to release later this year.

With that, the director of the movie, Gareth Edwards, explained that reshoots were necessary because of some changes in the plot. Furthermore, he stated that the reshoots were also part of the plan since they intended to sculpt the film while editing.

According to Edwards, there were additional minor details that they wanted to get, including a few individual shots with the cast, but just to supplement the already preexisting footage. Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy also reassured fans that the original plan has not been altered.

She said, “There’s nothing about the story that’s changing, with a few things that we’re picking up in additional photography. I think that’s the most important thing, to reassure fans that it’s the movie we intended to make.”

While they did not share much about the plot, Edwards hinted that it will be darker compared to the other installments in the “Star Wars” franchise.

He explained, “I’d definitely describe it as: It’s got dark tone. 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 story of the new film is expected to focus on the rebels’ fight against the Imperial Empire. It is not a direct sequel of the previously released “Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens,” rather, its storyline is expected to follow “Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope.”

“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” will be released to theaters on Dec. 16, 2016.