It seems as though the Star Wars spin-off Rogue One is in a lot more trouble than what was first thought.

Last week Page Six revealed that Disney bosses were not pleased with the first cut of Rogue One, directed by Godzilla (2014) film-maker Gareth Edwards, and has ordered an "expensive reshoot" to make it better.

It is now being reported that the film faces more pressure to be like J.J. Abram's hit reboot Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and will undergo reshoots that will change up to 50 per cent of the film.

According to The Playlist, Bourne Legacy director Tony Gilroy has been recruited to direct and oversee rewrites and reshoots of the film.

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"Gilroy is actually supervising, if not helming, the reshoots himself," a source told The Playlist.

It is thought that the direction Edwards was taking with Rogue One was too dark for Disney's liking and bosses hope Gilroy can get the film back on track.

The movie, which stars Felicity Jones, Mads Mikkelsen, Ben Mendelsohn, Forest Whitaker and Diego Luna, is scheduled for release in December. There have been no reports that the reshoot will affect the release date.

"The film-making team and the studio always anticipated additional shooting and second-unit work to make the film the absolute best it can be, and the actors were aware there would be additional shooting," a source at Disney explained.

"Coming off The Force Awakens, there's an incredibly high bar for this movie and we have a responsibility to the franchise and to the fans to deliver the best possible movie we can."

- nzherald.co.nz