We all know that Phil Lord and Christopher Miller were fired from directing ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story‘ and now the lead who they cast, Alden Ehrenreich, is opening up about their work on the film. The directors knew that Ehrenreich was the right choice from the first day so it should be no surprise that he is coming to their defense in what happened.
As to their directing differences, he did state that “They had a different style than Ron in terms of the way we were working.” He had initially joined the project due to his enjoyment of the script and working with these two.
Ehrenreich went on to say:
“From the first screen test on, we played around with it a lot. We tried a lot of different things, rethinking behind the scenes. That was yielding a different movie than the other factions wanted. I knew what I was doing, but in terms of what that adds up to, you’re so in the dark as an actor. You don’t know what it’s shaping up to be, how they’re editing it, so it’s kind of impossible without having seen those things to know what the difference [of opinion] was, or exactly what created those differences.”
However, as to the friction that Lord and Miller had with Lucasfilm’s Kathleen Kennedy and writer Lawrence Kasdan, Ehrenreich was in the dark. It sounds like most of the cast were. As Ehrenreich explained, “The actors are at the kids’ table, unless you’re also a producer of the movie. So you’re really kept out of all the backroom dynamics of what was going on.”
The pair didn’t go into detail either as to why they had been removed from the production just that:
“They said, ‘We were let go,’ and that’s it. They had mentioned there were some disagreements before, but they didn’t get into it. On a personal level, it felt emotional, for them to be going after we’d set out on that course together. Because I spent a lot of time with them, and we had a really good relationship — they also cast me. But I think at that point, they were kind of on board with [the decision], too.”
We’ll see if viewers agree with Ron Howard‘s vision for ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ or always wonder what could have been had it stayed in the hands of Phil Lord and Christopher Miller.
Do you feel that replacing directors was the right choice for ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’? Are you excited to see Alden Ehrenreich take on the part or are you still on the fence from the trailers that we’ve seen? Share your thoughts below!
Source: The Hollywood Reporter