There might be a lot of excitement surrounding Solo: A Star Wars Story now that Lucasfilm's spinoff sits a couple of months away from its release, but it's still hard to forget how the standalone movie's had a troublesome production.
Back in June last year, Lucasfilm decided to fire original directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller from Solo, chucking filmmakers after the two finished working on three quarters of the film's principal photography because of gaping "creative differences."
A few days after Lucasfilm had the two replaced by Ron Howard, and soon after word started running around the mill that the script for Solo was actually "unworkable" and that Disney was expecting the film to bomb.
Now, speaking in an interview with Vulture, a Solo actor who'd worked with all three directors adds in some interesting information about the film's production issues. Though the source refused to be named because he isn't authorized to publicly discuss Solo's production with the film being so close to release, the unnamed actor says that he felt like Lord and Miller were out of their depth working on the spinoff.
Though The Lego Movie directors were great at light comedy, they weren't as efficient as Howard.
"Phil and Chris are good directors, but they weren't prepared for Star Wars," the publication's source admitted. "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."
According to the source, Howard seemed to be more in control of production, taking control of the chaotic spinoff.
"When he came on, he took control and you could feel it," the actor said. "He got respect immediately. He's really confident. A really easy guy to work with."
Howard's efficiency doesn't seem like a surprise. Howard's had a lot of experience working on films, his career starting in 1984 with films like Splash, Apollo 13, A Beautiful Mind, and The Da Vinci Code. The only question now is whether Solo will come out a winner after it makes its big premiere.
Solo hits theaters May 25, 2018.