Solo: A Star Wars Story is only a few months away. An actor who worked on set, who wishes to remain anonymous, has addressed some of the drama surrounding the troubled production. Chris Miller and Phil Lord were famously fired from the production last summer and have recently revealed that after nearly completing the movie, Ron Howard will receive sole directing credit. The duo chalk-up the decision to take executive producer credits to creative differences, but it appears that Howard did a lot more work on Solo than initially thought.
An anonymous actor who worked on Solo has come forward to share his/her story about working on the production. One of the things that gets brought up frequently is the fact that Chris Miller and Phil Lord weren’t exactly the best choice to take on such a large movie. The source claims that they were “out of their depth.” Additionally, it seems that they had an unorthodox style of editing and directing that took the cast and crew by surprise. The source had this to say.
“Phil and Chris are good directors, but they weren’t prepared for Star Wars. After the 25th take, the actors are looking at each other like, This is getting weird. (Lord and Miller) seemed a bit out of control. They definitely felt the pressure; with one of these movies, there are so many people on top of you all the time. The first assistant director was really experienced and had to step in to help them direct a lot of scenes.”
Though the source says that they never saw Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy and the directing duo butt heads on the set of Solo, the writing was on the wall. So, it was no surprise that Chris Miller and Phil Lord were dismissed, and a more experienced director was brought in. Apparently, Ron Howard came on and was very efficient right away, using 2 to 3 takes max, and getting the performances that he needed right away, as opposed to editing everything together later. The source explains.
“When he (Howard) came on, he took control and you could feel it. He got respect immediately. He’s really confident. A really easy guy to work with.”
As for what Ron Howard had to reshoot on Solo: A Star Wars Story, there weren’t very many new scenes. The source claims that Howard was doing shot-for-shot remakes of what Phil Lord and Chris Miller had already attempted. The script is reportedly the same, with minor tweaks, except this time in more confident hands. The source says.
“It’s exactly the same script. They’re filming exactly the same things. There’s nothing new. (Lord and Miller) used whole sets. But Ron is just using parts from those sets. I guess they’re not shooting wide angle. Maybe to save money.”
The anonymous source also spoke out about the rumors of Alden Ehrenreich’s acting coach and confirms that he did receive additional casting to nail the part of young Han Solo. According to the source, the difference was noticeable as soon as Ehrenreich returned to the set as he was more laid back and comfortable, more in line with Harrison Ford’s version of the iconic character.
“Trying to mimic Harrison Ford is really tough,” our source says. “Lucasfilm wanted something very specific: copying someone else. Alden’s not a bad actor, just not good enough. You could see his acting became more relaxed. He became more Harrison-like. The coach helped!”
The actor went onto say that many on set were not made aware of the changes until the firing hit the Internet. They go onto say this about the surprise decision.
“It was crazy. They fired our bosses. Everyone was texting each other: ‘Did you see the news? Do you think they’re doing reshoots?’ It was messy. And it was crazy how everything got leaked to the press.”
As for whether Solo is any good or not, the source hasn’t seen the finished product, but claims that it has to be good. Lucasfilm wouldn’t have put in all of this extra work for something that they don’t care about. Plus, The Last Jedi didn’t perform as well as the studio wanted, so they’re taking extra precautions to make sure that Solo: A Star Wars Story is the best Star Wars movie that they can possibly put out. This report originated from Vulture.