While Lucasfilm has managed to churn out three pretty successful Star Wars films in just as many years, there have been some speed bumps along the way. First off, they had to fire one of their directors (Josh Trank) due to his behavior on another film, virtually tanking any opportunity for a Boba Fett film, then they had to seize controle from another director (Gareth Edwards) and reshoot nearly half of his film in order to get it to where they wanted it, and finally (and most publicly), they had to can Phil Lord and Chris Miller as directors of Solo: A Star Wars Story, their latest anthology film set in the Star Wars universe.
The reason for this firing came secondhand, but revolved around the pair making this film too much of a comedy that betrayed the character’s true personality. So when all said and done, Lucasfilm had to do the awkward thing and let these two go in a very public way. But we only saw this situation from the outside. How did it feel for some of the talent on the inside?
Speaking with IGN, one of the actors in the upcoming film, Phoebe Waller-Bridget (who reportedly plays a CG character in the film) was incredibly positive about how the whole thing was handled.
“The handover there was done with such warmth and generosity from everybody, and Ron [Howard]’s just a master at his craft; he’s going to make a beautiful film out of it. You just really trust him and it was just really exciting to work with him. I mean, it would’ve been exciting to just pass him in a corridor, let alone for him to be parachuted in to the film you’re working on.”
And in regards to how much of her stuff was reshot in light o the new director, she said, “We’d done some really, really great stuff with Chris and Phil that everyone was really thrilled with, and I think a lot of that will still be in it.”
While we’re still waiting on that first trailer to hit, we’re still hopeful that Solo: A Star Wars Story will bring a worthwhile experience, otherwise, it’ll be one hell of a kick in the pants to Lucasfilm.
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