Han Solo: Most of Lord & Miller's Footage 'Very Usable'

Ruben Ruiz
June 26, 2017

According to t he Hollywood Reporter, the directors' improvisational style ended up stalling production, as the pair ended up filming very slowly to accommodate for a variety of different takes, making life hard for Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy and producer Lawrence Kasdan. I'm hoping this tidbit about coaching has more to do with nailing Harrison Ford's mannerisms or style than actual acting ability, because where I wasn't as bothered about the state of the movie before, this news is more concerning. Many people speculated that Johnston would be a likely choice given his background with the Star Wars franchise.

Ron Howard will direct the Han Solo Star Wars spin-off. Kasdan is said also to have been unhappy with the limited shots and displeased that Lord and Miller were calling out lines for the actors to try from behind the monitor rather than sticking with the script that he had written in collaboration with his son. You've got to oversee the whole thing and take care of the vision of the overarching film.

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[N] ot entirely satisfied with the performance that the directors were eliciting from Rules Don't Apply star Alden Ehrenreich, Lucasfilm made a decision to bring in an acting coach.

Lucasfilm also replaced the film's editor Chris Dickens with Ridley Scott's Oscar-winning editor Pietro Scalia. Star Wars News Net reports that the actor voiced his concerns about how the character was coming across to a producer who then sent it up the ladder to Kennedy. He flew into London, but Lord and Miller were not willing to accept a "shadow director" in the vein of Tony Gilroy, who took over reshoots on "Rogue One" from Gareth Edwards. But Lord and Miller pushed back, leading to Kennedy firing them. The 21 Jump Street tandem may have thought this was a case of an unstoppable force meeting an immovable object, but it turns out that Lucasfilm considered them quite stoppable, as this led to Ron Howard taking over directing duties. They were dealing with "extreme scheduling constraints", a source says, and "were never given enough days for each scene from the very beginning". Production was originally supposed to wrap in July.

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