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This poster and some behind the scenes footage from the many different sets of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, were released today.
Here's the video.
That was really cool, not just as a Star Wars fan but as a movie fan, production fan whatever faction I can make up under the guise of film-making. I should have known that Disney and what is left of Lucasfilm would be shooting on locations instead of using green screens. They didn't do that in the prequel trilogy, but they certainly have made a point of doing it and saying they're doing it for the revival generation of films.
I've been pumped from the first time I heard the plot to Rogue One, placing itself between the final movie in the prequel trilogy and the original Star Wars: A New Hope. What was alarming though, re-shoots scheduled for this month. Initially, I thought this may be a death sentence for the movies box office numbers. But, before the re-shoots, the movie was scheduled to hit theaters in December. I'm guessing at this point that they have finished re-shoots and in an effort to cover up what ever was ailing the movie, they released the behind the scenes video that you may view above.
All that is left is to speculate why they had to go back and capture footage. My guess, Disney executives hated the Forest Whitaker character. Now prepare yourself this is a bit of a conspiracy theory here. They hated Whitaker's character, they found him redundant when put next to the silent Asian staff man (he's wearing a white cloak and his name happens to Chirrut Imwe). So they diminished Whitaker's role in the movie and boosted Chirrut Imwe's. Or it could simply be that they just didn't like Whitaker's performance/portrayal of the character. Why am I only talking about Forest here? The biggest change between the first trailer and this video just released, the trailer has a lot of Forest in it. The behind the scenes/mini teaser has zero Forest in it. Also, there was a large backlash towards Forest Whitaker even being inside the Star Wars universe. While he is a great actor, I would question his casting. Not because of his "style" of acting or anything like that. Sometimes putting a big name into an already well established universe can really push people away.
December 16th is the date, let's hope no more characters get axed and for no more re-shoots so we can see this new side of Star Wars come to light.
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