Lots of issues seem to be plaguing the Han Solo spinoff movie these days – from the firing of its directors to allegations of sub-standard acting from its star.
Directors Chris Miller and Phil Lord were fired from the project five months into production stating their style wasn’t sitting well with studio executives taking Han into a far more comedic direction. Rumors of repeated shooting delays caused by the directing pair and far less shots per day than normal are being sited as the reason for the firing by Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy.
Only a few weeks later though, Ron Howard has been hired to complete the film. Howard has a solid directorial background and is the first Academy Award-winning director to step into the Star Wars universe. He has done a few fantasy/sci-fi productions such as Willow and his focus on characters may bring the added depth to the movie which was said to be lacking.
More troubling even than the director issues are reports of an acting coach being brought in to help star Alden Ehrenreich embody the character of Han Solo. Apparently though, this was due in part to his struggling with Lord and Miller’s more improvisational style of directing. They would change lines on the fly and often call out new ones from behind the camera for actors to try out during a scene – a chaotic way of working it sounds like.
With Kathleen Kennedy in charge and her complete familiarization with the Star Wars universe, these changes, though late in the production, most likely have been done in the best interest of the franchise. Only time will tell.