We have all heard about the reshoots that supposedly changed the game for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, but we have never gotten any official word on what was actually being reshot. Now thanks to an interview over at IGN, we have an idea of what Mads Mikkelsen’s character of Galen Erso had to have redone. We also get a little information about his willingness to participate more in the Star Wars universe in the future.
IGN: Now that we’ve all seen the film, were any of your scenes part of the reshoots and if so can you explain what specifically was changed?
Mads Mikkelsen: I had one day of reshoots, and that was just basically just a few shots on a big platform when it was raining and I see my daughter again when she’s grown up, and that was mostly just technical stuff, and a little story thing just to clarify the story a little bit more. And that’s what the reshoots are for, and I think that’s quite normal. I had one day and I know other people had more, but you really never get that chance very often, to see the film and go, ‘You know guys, we could have a little better or a little clearer.’ We never get that chance, and I think it’s a beautiful thing that we were able to go back and do that.
IGN: There was a Star Wars book called Catalyst that explored the Galen/Krennic backstory. Did you read the book and would you like the opportunity to maybe ever depict some of that? Or Galen’s years with the Empire?
Mikkelsen: I think it’s a very interesting and valid point. You know, the Star Wars films have always been about dealing with the Rebellion, the people that are fighting the Empire. But it’s actually very interesting to go and see the people who actually are in the Empire, and I’m one of them. And surprisingly enough, the people of the Empire have families, and wives and daughters that they love. You know, they are the other guys we don’t know so much about. And I think it would be interesting to you know, to make a film about the people of the Empire. Who are they, and why? Are they evil? Or do they believe in something greater.
IGN: Well, there is always the chance for Galen to pop up in Rebels at one point, because of the show’s time frame. Would you be interested in that?
Mikkelsen: I’m game for it man, it’d be tricky, but I’d give it a shot.
About Rogue One:
From Lucasfilm comes the first of the Star Wars standalone films, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, an all-new epic adventure. In a time of conflict, a group of unlikely heroes band together on a mission to steal the plans to the Death Star, the Empire’s ultimate weapon of destruction. This key event in the Star Wars timeline brings together ordinary people who choose to do extraordinary things, and in doing so, become part of something greater than themselves.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is directed by Gareth Edwards and stars Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, Riz Ahmed, with Jiang Wen and Forest Whitaker. Kathleen Kennedy, Allison Shearmur and Simon Emanuel are producing, with John Knoll and Jason McGatlin serving as executive producers. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story opened in U.S. theaters on December 16, 2016.