A huge new report into the troubles befalling the stand-alone Han Solo flick has revealed that even Alden Ehrenreich, the film’s star, has copped some pretty serious studio criticism.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Lucasfilm tapped an acting coach to assist Ehrenreich after studio heads were iffy about his performance. THR notes that hiring an acting coach is pretty standard practice, however the fact the decision was made so far into production makes the whole thing pretty notable.
Lucasfilm’s concerns about Ehrenreich’s performance also extended to former directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller. It’s alleged that the studio didn’t believe the 21 Jump Street duo were eliciting the kind of performance necessary from Ehrenreich to carry such a huge flick.
The piece focuses on many of the other issues that lead to Lucasfilm dumping Lord and Miller in favour of Ron Howard,which basically amount to serious creative differences: Lord and Miller, more used to plucky comedies instead of franchise-building juggernauts, opted for a improvisational style that didn’t mesh with the logistics of crafting such a blockbuster.
That style lead to the pair racking up only 2 or 3 angles of a scene shot within the Millennium Falcon, as opposed to the 12 to 15 which were expected of them by Lucasfilm heads.
Somewhere in the shuffle, the film also lost editor Chris Dickens in favour of Pietro Scalia, another massive change to the film’s roster. The presence of seasoned pro Howard is expected to have production moving a lil’ more smoothly, despite the mind-boggling challenges the film now faces.
Despite this behind-the-scenes drama, we’ll still catch the flick – which features Donald Glover, Woody Harrelson, Thandie Newton, and Emilia Clarke – when it eventually rolls around.