According to The Hollywood Reporter, the reshoots were ordered following a screening for Disney executives. The film, directed by Godzilla‘s Gareth Edwards, reportedly skews more toward a war film — as promised at Star Wars Celebration last year — than a Star Wars film. The additional scenes are said to inject some more levity into the film and to “restore a sense of fun to the adventure.”
The site also suggests new Han Solo Alden Ehrenreich may make an appearance thanks to the reshoots.
Rogue One is set in a time just previous to the original Star Wars and details the quest to steal the Death Star plans from Imperial hands. The prompt sounds like Star Wars enough, but early details suggest the film would be told from the grunts’ point of view with little emphasis on the key Star Wars players and no Force awakenings for any of the central characters.
Perhaps Disney has realized moving away from the core Star Wars tone may be more risky than first thought. Which could still spell trouble for the project, but may prove to be its saving throw.
The answer will be revealed when Rogue One: A Star Wars Story opens on December 16th.