Earlier this summer, it was revealed that Rogue One: A Star Wars Story was undergoing reshoots. Since then, the film has been plagued with stories about how it might not live up to expectation set by last year’s The Force Awakens. This concern was made even more palpable when Disney CEO Bob Iger called the film “an experiment of sorts” during a call with investors.
Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy was also quick to downplay rumors that the film was undergoing a crisis, and now star Felicity Jones is offering her own defense of the reshoots. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Jones compared the reshoots to a first draft of a manuscript and argued that reshoots are often times necessary.
“Obviously when you come to the edit, you see the film come together and you think, 'Actually, we could do this better, and this would make more sense if we did this,’” Jones told the magazine. "I've done it so many times. I mean, you wouldn't just give your first draft on this story, would you?"
Rogue One stars Jones as the miscreant-turned-Rebel-fighter, Jyn Erso. In the film, she teams up with other Rebel pilots and fighters in an attempt to steal the plans to the Death Star currently being built by the Empire. The film marks the first stand-alone title in the anthology series, with the next movie set to focus on the origin of Han Solo.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story hits theaters Dec. 16.