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– by Joseph Jammer Medina


It’s no secret that Solo: A Star Wars Story has gone through a gauntlet of problems. With only a few weeks left in production, Lucasfilm canned directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller, and made a public statement on the official Star Wars site admitting as much.

In their place, they hired Ron Howard, a tried and true filmmaker. From there, Howard took over the rest of principal photography, assessed what needed to be reshot based on the footage from the previous directors, and then dove straight into actual reshoots and pick-ups.

But how much did they reshoot? While information regarding the Rogue One reshoots leaked out as its release approached, there has been little buzz regarding the actual amount of the film they reshot. However, while speaking with Total Film, actor Paul Bettany — who was hired following Howard’s jumping on board as director — low-key revealed that they had reshot more than they originally thought they would.

“[Ron Howard’s] staging ability is so fucking brilliant. I think he went in and he was like a laser, working out what needed to be done when he looked at the footage. And then, as things moved on, everybody felt so secure with him. And they gave him more. He reshot a lot more than was originally intended.”

While it may be a bit disappointing that we’ll never get the film that Lord and Miller (geniuses in their own right) intended to make, there is something to be said about bringing on a director with Howard’s experience. To bring that much security to a set that had, by all accounts, been in shambles, is something that’s incredibly important at this stage of the game — especially if they want to hit that May 25 release date.

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SOURCE: Total Film

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.