Ever since it was announced that Disney had purchased Lucasfilm with the intent to further expand the Star Wars saga, fans around the world have had one exciting project to look forward to after the other. It started with the highly-anticipated seventh episode in the Skywalker saga, The Force Awakens, then it was onto the first anthology movie in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Finally, it was back to the main storyline with the recently released Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
These projects received an incredible amount of hype, and understandably so. The marketing machine for each movie started over a year prior to the respective film’s release, to get all manner of Star Wars fans excited for the next big film in a galaxy far, far away. However, this hasn’t been the case for the next big entry in the franchise, Solo: A Star Wars Story. The young Han Solo film is only about 3 months away from its worldwide release, and we have yet to see a single official frame from the movie.
This… may not be a very good sign for a film starring everyone’s favorite scruffy-looking nerf herder.
Solo: A Star Wars Story is already famous for its history of production troubles. More than halfway through production of the film, directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller were let go by Lucasfilm, and Ron Howard was brought onboard to re-shoot parts of the movie to align it more with what the studio had originally envisioned. It’s unclear how much of the film was ultimately re-shot, considering reports vary from ‘completing the shoot’ to ‘considerable overhaul.’ And while re-shoots are hardly unheard of in big movie productions (Rogue One famously went through extensive re-shoots to stellar results), the case for Solo is much different. Howard had to hit the ground running, and time was obviously never on his side.
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