[UPDATED] ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Reshoots May Reveal Details About the Film’s Ending
UPDATE: Sources at Lucasfilm and Disney reached out to EW to correct previous reports of reshoots for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. A representative for Lucasfilm says that The Force Awakens is not undergoing reshoots in Ireland, but that Rian Johnson will begin shooting sequences for Star Wars: Episode 8 in the country next month. The production is shooting under the general Star Wars title instead of Star Wars: Episode 8, which caused a bit of confusion.
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A major blockbuster filming reshoots is not a big deal; most, if not all, big movies factor the time and money for reshoots into their original budget. But, this is Star Wars: The Force Awakens and everything associated with this movie is a big deal, especially when J.J. Abrams and crew have been able to keep things relatively quiet. How quiet? They’ve been filming reshoots right under our very nose.
Potential spoilers ahead!
Entertainment Weekly is reporting that the Star Wars: The Force Awakens production is returning to Ireland to shoot on the on the island Skellig Michael next week. The crew were originally set up there in July shooting scenes with Mark Hamill and Daisy Ridley. It’s unclear if either of those cast members will be returning, but it’s definitely no accident that they’re returning; in fact, they always planned to be back, and the reason why may shed some light on the film itself.
Skellig Michael is a lush, green island spotted with monastic ruins from the late 12th century. But how Skellig Michael looks in summer (a bright green) is not how it looks in the fall (dark and grey). If Star Wars: The Force Awakens had always planned on returning to shoot when the island looks drastically different, it must mean something toward the plot of the film. And, if Skellig Michael is the hideaway of Luke Skywalker, does the gray landscape hint at a dark future for this Jedi? The last scenes of The Force Awakens allegedly take place on this island and it will be interesting to see how these reshoots factor into that.
Another interesting note from EW on the reshoots is that they apparently have been filming them on-and-off over the past few weeks, including when you least expected it. They say that when J.J. Abrams and the cast were together for the Star Wars panel at D23, he corralled them for some additional filming. Were they filming a Star Wars movie as thousands of Star Wars fans waiting nearby, with no idea what was going on? Clever girl, J.J.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens in theaters on December 18.