Solo: A Star Wars Story has had a tumultuous production, with LEGO Movie directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller helming the film before departing the project in June due to "creative differences" with Lucasfilm. An actor on the anthology film, who declined to be named and is not one of the headliners, opened up about the duo's departure and the troubles that plagued the production.
In an interview with Vulture, the actor noted that Lord and Miller 0ften shot more than 30 takes, many times just to get something "different." "Phil and Chris are good directors, but they weren’t prepared for Star Wars," the actor said. "After the 25th take, the actors are looking at each other like, ‘This is getting weird.’ [Lord and Miller] seemed a bit out of control. They definitely felt the pressure; with one of these movies, there are so many people on top of you all the time. The first assistant director was really experienced and had to step in to help them direct a lot of scenes."
A spokesperson for Miller and Lord denied this claim, calling it "completely inaccurate." She did not explain in what ways the source's claims are incorrect or make the directors available to the website for comment. However, as the source is unnamed, it's difficult to verify the truth.
In contrast, the actor said that director Ron Howard, who took over following Lord and Miller's departure, normally only required two or three takes to get a scene done. According to the source, morale on the production improved following the change-up. “When [Howard] came on, he took control and you could feel it,” the actor says. “He got respect immediately. He’s really confident. A really easy guy to work with.”
The actor also addressed some of the rumors surrounding Howard's reshoots, which are said to be quite extensive and in many cases do-overs of the previous versions, following Lord and Miller's departure. “It’s exactly the same script. They’re filming exactly the same things. There’s nothing new,” he said. “[Lord and Miller] used whole sets. But Ron is just using parts from those sets. I guess they’re not shooting wide angle. Maybe to save money.”
Based on a script by Lawrence and Jon Kasdan, Solo: A Star Wars Story stars Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo, Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian, Joonas Suotamo as Chewbacca, Emilia Clarke, Thandie Newton, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Michael K. Williams and Woody Harrelson. The film arrives May 25.