Director Rian Johnson wrapped production on the film last summer, but it now looks as though ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ film may move back into production in March with some reshoots likely to be scheduled across Ireland and Scotland.
Universal Extras Casting is currently searching for a variety of extras.The casting call reported on Project Casting is seeking "ordinary people" for these extra roles, with male or female actors between 16 and a half to 90 years of age. No specific details were given about the scenes that were being filmed, but this report states that filming will begin in March and "continue into the following months."
The filming is set to take place in Edinburgh, Scotland and Ireland, but the length of the reshoots was not reported. Reshoots can be a typical scheduled part of all major blockbuster films these days, so it can be presumed that this is an inevitable stage for the film to go through.
John Williams has already started work on the films score. And fans may have seen that Director Rian Johnson has been sharing some behind-the-scenes glimpses at the editing process since production wrapped.
The unexpected death of actress Carrie Fisher on December 27th 2016 may have resulted in Lucasfilm having to rethink its strategy for the future of the current trilogy.
Screen Rant website reported in its article on February 22 nd that: “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.”
In other Star Wars related news, IMAX and Walt Disney Studios announced that they have extended their slate deal through to 2019.The agreement will see Disney productions continue to be digitally re-mastered into the IMAX format for release in IMAX cinemas around the world.
A selection of Disney titles will also be partially shot directly into IMAX using IMAX cameras, as was the case on ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’. These will include this year’s instalment ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’, which will have some sequences shot with IMAX cameras.