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In the realm of cinematic universes, few are as iconic and beloved as the Star Wars franchise. With its rich lore and dedicated fan base, the production of any Star Wars film is inevitably met with intense scrutiny and speculation. Gareth Edwards, the director behind “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” recently took to the airwaves to address the persistent rumors and reports concerning the extensive reshoots that occurred during the making of this 2016 prequel.
Appearing on KCRW’s “The Business” podcast, Gareth Edwards revealed his frustration with what he termed “so much inaccuracy” circulating on the internet about the production of “Rogue One.” At the heart of these rumors was the involvement of Tony Gilroy, who later became the creator of the “Andor” series, in the reshoot process.
Edwards acknowledged Gilroy’s contributions to the film, stating unequivocally, “Tony [Gilroy] came in, and he did a lot of great work, for sure. No doubt about it. But we all worked together until the entire last minute of that movie.” This assertion directly challenged reports that suggested Lucasfilm had sidelined Edwards, with Gilroy tasked with rewriting dialogue and directing additional scenes.
One of the key points of contention surrounding the reshoots was the signature final scene featuring the menacing Darth Vader. Gareth Edwards was quick to set the record straight, revealing that he had been intimately involved in the creation of this iconic sequence. “The very last thing that we filmed in the pickup shoot was the Darth Vader corridor scene,” Edwards stated emphatically. “I did all of that stuff.”
This recent podcast appearance isn’t the first time Gareth Edwards has addressed the rumors surrounding “Rogue One.” When questioned about the reports in September, he chose to focus on the positives of the experience, saying, “Look, the only thing I can say is I was incredibly lucky. I got to make a ‘Star Wars’ film. I won the lottery, in that sense.” Edwards expressed gratitude for the opportunity to be a part of the Star Wars universe and emphasized that he did not want to be perceived as someone who was anything less than thrilled by the experience.
Currently, Gareth Edwards is venturing into the realm of science fiction once more with his latest film, “The Creator.” Starring John David Washington as the leader in a war between humans and artificial intelligence, the film explores themes of technology, ethics, and humanity in a future not too distant from our own. “The Creator” is currently playing in theaters, and fans of Edwards’ work eagerly await his next cinematic masterpiece.
As the Star Wars saga continues to evolve and expand, Gareth Edwards’ candid insights serve as a reminder that even in a galaxy far, far away, filmmaking is a collaborative endeavor, and the truth behind the scenes can often be more nuanced and less sensational than the rumors suggest.