A month out from the release of “Solo: A Star Wars Story” its young star, Alden Ehrenreich, spoke with Esquire extensively about the new spin-off film.
Specifically, the actor cleared up rumors that have plagued production since the firing of original directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller and their replacement by Ron Howard. The original pair famously used their familiar improv process a lot, which didn’t work here as it went way off script and consumed plenty of time. Ehrenreich tells the magazine:
“They had a different style than Ron in terms of the way we were working. 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. 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.
They [Lord and Miller] 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.
Ehrenreich also makes it very clear he was not involved in duo’s dismissal, and there is no truth to the report that cast and crew broke into applause when it was announced that Lord and Miller had been fired: “That’s bullshit. For a crew to do that would mean they hated [Lord and Miller], which was not by any stretch the case.”
Ehrenreich, who let it slip that he has signed on for three films, said production was able to get back on track almost immediately once Howard was on board:
“Everybody’s hackles are raised a bit, and Ron had this ability to come in and deal with morale and get everybody enthusiastic about, A, what we’d already shot, because I think his feeling was that a lot of what we’d already done was really good, and, B, the direction for the next piece of it. He knew how to navigate a tricky situation, and almost from the first or second day everybody pretty quickly recharged and got excited again about the movie.”
The comments come as a bunch of new posters for the film have gone online today and can be seen in the gallery below.