– by Joseph Jammer Medina

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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  • HaroldNMaudeDib

    “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.”

    Yes somehow the Spacealls/Austin Powers jokes made it into The Last Jedi. If those awful gags stayed in than what the hell was going on in the Han Solo movie?

    • SeanDon

      Nothing better than a mother joke to start off a movie…I was hoping he’d ask next if his fridge was running!

  • Lenin1959

    The former directors, the new director, the Disney Sith Lords, the cast, the crew, we all laughed and cheered and danced and the firing was all so happy! (Chemical Ali, Chief of Disney Propaganda)

  • Loveblanket

    I liked E7, loved Rogue One, and hated most of E8, but overall Disney has done okay with the franchise. But there is no way they like what they see with Solo if we are sitting here on January 16th and don’t even have a teaser trailer for a film that releases in May. I sense a disturbance in the force.

    • Kratos

      i won’t be surprised if they hype up the fact it was “directed by” ron howard. to general movie goers he has a pretty decent track record when it comes his films…and if they have to use that avenue to help “sell” the film. yikes.

  • Kratos

    i won’t be seeing this flick anyway but when looking at the movie going audience as a whole….nobody but us movie geeks even have the slightest idea that a pre”original star wars” movie featuring han solo as the central character is only 5 months away. at this point to get massive all at once exposure they need to have a SUPER BOWL trailer lined up. and it better not be some weak ass shit with split second footage that provides little to no context of what the story is about…because believe me…the non-geek audience is going to be fucking confused when they see HAN SOLO advertising WITHOUT harrison ford’s face.

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.