CLAIM

"Star Wars: Rogue One" was re-shot to add an anti-Trump scene. See Example( s )

EXAMPLES
Collected via Twitter, December 2016

jack posobiec
FALSE

RATING

FALSE

ORIGIN

On 8 December 2016, the hashtag #DumpStarWars was widely circulated on social media. While this hashtag trended for a number of reasons, at least one false claim — that an anti-Trump scene was added to the film “Star Wars: Rogue One” — was associated with the boycott. 

This claim can be traced back to Jack Posobiec, the self-described special projects director of “Citizens for Trump,” who generated the (completely false) rumor that the new Star Wars film was altered to add an anti-Trump scene:

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Posobiec either pulled this rumor out of thin air, or misinterpreted two unconnected events: scheduled reshoots on the film and “controversial” tweets from two of the film’s writers.

“Star Wars: Rogue One” did undergo some reshoots not long before its official release. This is common for a major studio film, and had nothing to do with politics. Director Gareth Edwards explained the reason in an interview with the Los Angeles Times:

 

We’d always planned to do a pickup shoot but we needed a lot of time to figure out all this material and get the best out of it. So that pushed the entire schedule in a big way. Then Disney saw the film and reacted really well and they said, “Whatever you need, we’re going to support you.” Our visual-effects shot count went from 600 to nearly 1,700, so suddenly we could do absolutely anything we wanted. To design 1,000 visual effects shots should take a year, so it was all hands to the pump and we never came up for air really until about a week ago.

It would be beautiful if you write a story, you shoot exactly that, you edit it and it’s a hit. But art — or good art — doesn’t work like that. It’s a process, and you experiment and react and improve. And if I make more films, which I hope to, I want to make them like that as well, where it’s organic and it’s not predetermined.

Screenwriters for the film have also made some political comments on their Twitter feeds:

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Writers for the film also upset members of the “alt-right” when they said that the Empire was a “white supremacist organization”  that was “opposed by a multicultural group led by brave women.”

While the screenwriters’ statements on social media were offered as reasons for a Star Wars boycott, claims that the writers added a specific “anti-Trump” message to the film during reshoots were completely unfounded. A representative for Disney told The Wrap that there was the rumor was completely untrue, and Weitz called Prosbiec out for spreading lies about the film:

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When Esquire reached out to Posobiec, he admitted that he hadn’t even seen the film:

I haven’t seen the movie yet, but if the writers are so virulently anti-Trump, I would be surprised to not find that bias embedded in the film.

Sources:

Nickalls, Sammy.   “Now Trump Supporters Are Boycotting Star Wars Based on No Evidence.”
    Esquire.   8 December 2016.

Owen, Phil.   “#DumpStarWars: No, ‘Rogue One’ Writers Did Not Change Ending to Be About Trump.”
    The Wrap.   8 December 2016.