The film is due for release on Dec. 16 of this year, but apparently Disney executives aren’t satisfied with the preliminary version from first-time Star Wars director Gareth Edwards (he also directed 2014’s Godzilla).
“The execs at Disney are not happy with the movie, and Rogue One will have to go back into four weeks of expensive re-shoots in July,” an unnamed source told Page Six.
“Gareth’s work on the first Godzilla shows he can handle a big studio blockbuster. But Rogue One has fallen short of what J.J. Abrams did with Star Wars: Episode VII: The Force Awakens. So Disney has ordered re-shoots,” the source said. “Disney won’t take a back seat and is demanding changes, as the movie isn’t testing well.”
Disney insists there’s nothing wrong with the film, and denies that unplanned re-shoots are being taken.
“The filmmaking team and the studio always anticipated additional shooting, and second unit work to make the film the absolute best it can be, and the actors were aware there would be additional shooting,” said a Disney rep.
Rogue One takes place between Episodes III and IV, and the film focuses on the team that stole the Death Star plans. The starring cast includes Felicity Jones, Mads Mikkelsen, Forest Whitaker, Ben Mendelsohn and Diego Luna.
You can watch the trailer above.