Disney is (not surprisingly) pulling out all the stops in its marketing campaign for “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.” So much so, that they recently released a teaser of a teaser – teaser footage from the forthcoming “Rogue One” trailer which is set to debut during the Olympics on Thursday.
The clip, which is a mere 15 seconds, shows a sneak peek at what can be expected from the new full-length trailer. The footage can be viewed below.
Disney has a lot riding on the film, as evidenced by the extensive reshoots it ordered this summer, which were confirmed in a report by The Hollywood Reporter.
The outlet confirms the reshoots took place over a span of five weeks, and that Tony Gilroy, an uncredited writer for “Rogue One” and director and writer of some of the “Bourne” franchise films, had stepped in to take the lead on the reshoots and post-production. The outlet writes:
Gilroy, 59, writer of several Bourne movies and director ofThe Bourne Legacy and Michael Clayton, became the driving force behind Rogue One‘s extensive, recently wrapped reshoots, which ran around five weeks. Now he is said to be “supervising” the edit with input from [“Rogue One”director Gareth Edwards], who scored the Rogue One job after his 2014 Godzilla reboot impressed Lucasfilm’s Kathleen Kennedy. Edwards, 40, remains very much involved and still is the face of the movie, appearing at Star Wars Celebration in mid-July.
Hidden in the middle of the report was another gem: the ending was one of the things the Gilroy-led reshoots sought to change. Gilroy previously assisted Edwards with “Godzilla” as well. The outlet also notes that the process has so far been a collaborative one.
The original reports of reshoots claimed that the cast and crew, which includes stars Felicity Jones (“The Theory of Everything”), Diego Luna, Forest Whitaker and director Gareth Edwards, would be reshooting in order to “lighten the mood, bring some levity into the story and restore a sense of fun to the adventure.”
The plot of the film revolves around resistance fighters who embark on a daring mission to steal the Empire’s plans for the Death Star. In the original trilogy, Princess Leia winds up with the plans and gives them to R2-D2.
It should be noted that reshoots are not uncommon, especially for large movies such as this. The actors even have it built into their contracts when they first board a film. In addition, J.J. Abrams reportedly tinkered quite a bit with “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” at the last minute prior to that film’s release.
“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” is due for release on December 16 of this year.