– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Ever since we added the latest twist in the ongoing conversation about the current set of extensive reshoots taking place for ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY, people have been dying toget some sort of official word on the matter. We’ve been reaching out to people, and are doing our best to follow up on the report from earlier this week from our trusted source. For now, though, we’ve got fresh comments from one of the film’s stars: Mads Mikkelsen.

The actor was recently asked about what’s going on over on the ROGUE ONE sets these days, and he did his best to say quell fan concerns, while making it pretty clear that he’s not really in a position to declare how extensive they are.

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,” the actor pointed out. This, of course, is common knowledge. But with our recent report that up to half of the film was being re-shot, would he comment on the amount of work being done? “Whether it’s bigger or less, I have no idea, I have nothing to compare with,” Mikkelsen said. 

It’s the same film, it’s just adding little bits here and there to do the final polishing. That’s my feeling,” he concluded. That last bit is important, though, because “That’s my feeling” implies that he doesn’t really know. And why wouldn’t he know? Because he, himself, will only be shooting a single day during the planned six weeks of additional filming that was recently scheduled. Therefore, Mikkelsen isn’t really in a position to discuss what’s happening the other roughly 41 days of shooting. 

What is clear, though, is that the apparent overhaul will seemingly have very little to do with his character. At this point, we’re not even sure how big a part he plays in the story, but whatever it is it looks like it’s going to be left mainly untouched.

One thing to remember, despite the somewhat ominous cloud created by all of the current reports about ROGUE ONE, is that none of this means the film is doomed. Mikkelsen is right. A lot of this stuff really is par for the course. Just because ROGUE ONE is getting a more significant facelift than other productions typically get doesn’t mean there should be panic in the streets. The folks tasked with helping the production- men like Tony Gilroy and Christopher McQuarrie- are high caliber talents.

Let’s just hope that the final product is awesome, and that ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY is a magnificent motion picture when it comes out on December 16.

SOURCE: The Playlist

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.