Thanks to Disney and Lucasfilm's plan for a Star Wars feature film every year for the foreseeable future, one or two projects continue to dominate the news cycle at any given time. After an impressive theatrical run, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story has a confirmed Blu-ray release date, making Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi the biggest priority for fans.
Director Rian Johnson wrapped production on the film last summer, giving him the chance to share a behind-the-scenes look at the editing process. And while, John Williams has already begun work on the score, it now looks as though the film will move back into production next month for some reshoots.
Universal Extras Casting (via Omega Underground) is currently searching for a variety of extras to be part of The Last Jedi. With production having wrapped over six months ago, these scenes are likely part of pre-scheduled reshoots. The filming will take place this March in Edinburgh, Scotland and Ireland, but the length of the reshoots was not reported.
Reshoots are typically a scheduled part of all major blockbuster films nowadays, so this is an inevitable stage for The Last Jedi. Star Wars fans recently experienced a wild reshoot process on Rogue One that had different outlets reporting vastly different information regarding the extensiveness of the reshoots.
Hopefully, The Last Jedi reshoots will not be as extensive. However, when comparing the production schedule between these reshoots and Rogue One, a March date would be a much earlier start for The Last Jedi to begin reshoots, This is not necessarily a cause for concern, with the desired outcome of the reshoots being unknown.
Carrie Fisher's death near the end of 2016 left fans in shock, but it has also resulted in Lucasfilm having to rethink its strategy for the future of the current trilogy. While the purpose of the reshoots are a mystery, it is reasonable -- though entirely speculative -- to assume they may be focused on how the franchise intends to handle Leia's role. Then again, as it was already announced that Fisher had completed filming her scenes for the film, the reshoots may not have anything to do with General Leia at all. Given the secrecy involved in producing the Star Wars films, it's doubtful that answers about the reshoots will be immediately forthcoming, either from Disney or Lucasfilm, so fans may have to continue speculating until the film's release.
- Star Wars 8/Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) release date: Dec 15, 2017
- Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) release date: May 25, 2018
- Star Wars 9 / Star Wars: Episode IX (2019) release date: Dec 20, 2019