'Rogue One: A Star Wars Story' spoilers, news: New speculations point to Galen Erso's ties to 'A New Hope'; Felicity Jones addresses reshoots


Playing off of last week’s “Rogue One’s” final trailer reveal, brand-new speculations involving Mads Mikkelsen’s character, Galen Erso, have started popping up online. One of which is the possibility that the scientific genius may have been the one who plotted the loophole in the design of the Death Star which played a huge part in its total destruction in “Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope.”

With all the information that Lucasfilm has revealed in the last couple of months, it is safe to say that Galen will have a huge role in making the massive weapon become a reality. After all, it is his knowledge that prompted Orson Krennic (Ben Mendelsohn) to take him and lure him to work on the project. Die-hard followers of the movies suggest the possibility that it was also Galen who created a major design flaw in the space armory.

It can be remembered that back in “A New Hope,” plans for the Death Star showed a tiny exhaust vent that a young Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) had to target in order to blow up the whole thing. Given that it now appears that the Erso patriarch was forced into working for the Empire, the particular theory holds some ground to it. Should this be the case, it will directly tie the two movies together which could also be a great Easter egg treat for longtime fans of the franchise.

Meanwhile, Felicity Jones who plays “Rogue One” heroine Jyn Erso addressed the movie reshoots done for the movie during the summer. As expected, the actress downplayed the situation telling The Hollywood Reporter, “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. I mean, you wouldn’t just give your first draft on this story, would you?”

News of the reshoots became a massive issue given that at that point, no pivotal promo material had come out of production. This caused fans to worry that the studio may be overdoing the changes which could lead to an entirely different cut from that of Gareth Edwards’ original vision. Rumor has it that some Disney executives were a bit worried about the dark and gritty tone of the film when a rough cut was shown to them during a closed-door meeting.

Aside from Jones, Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy also tried make sense of the situation saying that reshoots are very normal in big budgeted movies and “Rogue One” is no exception.

“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,'” she pointed out. “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. But it was always planned and nothing unusual.”

“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” will blast through cinemas on Dec. 16