Although the news of “reshoots” for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story had many fans on edge, the final product (and it’s still-ongoing box office run) put most of those concerns to rest fairly quickly. However, it does sound like the reshoots did make some meaningful changes to the film, particularly the first and third act. John Gilroy, the man tasked with editing together the final version of the film after the reshoots, recently sat down with Comicbook.com to discuss his experience.
“There was a really good plan,” for how the movie would take shape, Gilroy told Comicbook.com in an interview. “The additional photography was very intelligent. It was a really good plan. It was centered around the characters, and their motivations, and their arcs. It was a good plan, and it was one that I followed.”
Wanting more emphasis on some of the characters – most notably Cassian Andor (Diego Luna) and Bodhi Rook (Riz Ahmed) – and figuring out the best sequence of events for the complex final battle, Gilroy sat down with his brother, Tony, and director Gareth Edwards and discovered that piecing together the third act presented the most challenges.
“It got trickier in the back end of the movie. There was so many things going on. The last act of the movie was a much more fluid thing. I had to put my thinking cap on a little harder there than probably the front of the film,” Gilroy said. “I just went to work!”
Still, it’s a process he’s used to, and one he recognizes as constantly evolving.
“For me, I was working on building the movie that you saw. The film takes you where it wants you to go; that’s where it led us,” he said. He explained that in films he’s edited, from small independent dramas to big-budget blockbusters like Star Wars, “sometimes things just fall away. You shoot things for a movie and they fall away.”