More Han Solo Movie Details: Editor Fired, Acting Coach Hired

Kelly Massey
June 27, 2017

The fallout from Chris Miller and Phil Lord's shocking exit from the Han Solo film a week ago continues, with more and more details about the rift emerging day by day.

Problems that - despite Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy's many attempts to work with Lord and Miller to address them - have come to cast serious doubt on Lucasfilm's mandate to find fresh, new and exciting directors to bring all-new Star Wars stories to a hungry fanbase desperate for more. Likewise, sources speaking to THR claim Miller and Lord were beginning to feel like encroaching pressure from Kennedy and Kasdan was stifling their creative freedom during the production process.

“You have to make decisions much earlier than what theyre used to, ” one of these sources say. Lucasfilm replaced editor Chris Dickens (Macbeth) with Oscar-winner Pietro Scalia, a veteran of Ridley Scott films including Alien: Covenant and The Martian.

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According to The Hollywood Reporter, a source close to the production on the Han Solo film says that Lucasfilm was "not entirely satisfied" with Ehrenreich's performance as the famous young smuggler.

The report goes on to say that Kennedy and writer Lawrence Kasdan reviewed the movie's "dailies" remotely and they were both unhappy with how things were progressing. He flew into London, but Lord and Miller were not willing to accept a "shadow director" in the vein of Tony Gilroy, who took over reshoots on "Rogue One" from Gareth Edwards. The performance is even being compared to Jim Carrey's Ace Ventura.

When Miller and Lord balked at Kasdan's involvement, Kennedy fired them. As THR notes, hiring an acting coach is a thing, but doing so that late is production is odd. Not only did the directors clash with Lucasfilm, but they also didn't have the best relationship with each other, apparently. MCU film Thor: The Dark World was originally supposed to be directed by Woman Woman's Patty Jenkins, but she stepped away and was replaced by Alan Taylor and Ant-Man was originally set to be directed by Edgar Wright for years until creative differences caused him to leave the project. That film made more than $2 billion at the global box office. Also, Kennedy has more than enough experience working with Star Wars, she is the president of the company, after all. While fans will likely keep discussing the behind-the-scenes drama on Han Solo until the movie hits theaters next May, Kevin Feige adds that none of this will matter if the movie is good.

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