– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Solo: A Star Wars Story is a film that has had a lot of its behind-the-scenes drama chronicled online, with several news outlets citing sources that directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller were fired for a very specific reason. Instead of sticking to the script, they were letting actors improv’ing far too much and get a little too goofy for Lucasfilm’s taste.

The story goes that Alden Ehrenreich’s take on the character under Lord and Miller’s guidance was cartoonish and simply unfitting for the smuggler we’ve known to love. However, a new report from Variety seems to contest that claim.

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According to a new report from the outlet, “Lord and Miller had conjured a gritty, grimy palette reflective of the seedy underbelly of conniving crooks, battle-weary war deserters and ruthless criminal syndicates on display.” So, interestingly enough, it looks like, if we are to believe this report, that the actual story is the exact opposite of initial reports.

Perhaps, rather than going for strict comedy as was expected from the pair, they did a 180 from their usual comedic fare, opting to go more for a strictly dark film. I can see Lucasfilm not liking that direction, and wanting it to be the more Indiana Jones-esque, swashbuckling good time that it ended up being. Was this all to the film’s ultimate detriment…? I guess we’ll never know.

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SOURCE: Variety

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.