When Ron Howard took over from fired directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller on the Han Solo spin-off film, he arrived with only a few weeks of filming left to complete.
When Howard boarded, it was expected he would finish the filming along with doing some minor reshooting. Yet as time went on once he began work, it seemed the amount he had to film was more extensive than first thought.
Co-star Paul Bettany, who just wrapped work on the fourth “Avengers” film and who only came onboard after Howard took over, tells Total Film that Howard’s planned filming was so impressive that Disney and Lucasfilm gave him extra work to do:
“His staging ability is so f–king brilliant…I think he went in and he was like a laser, working out what needed to be done when he looked at the footage. And then, as things moved on, everybody felt so secure with him. And they gave him more. He reshot a lot more than was originally intended.”
Which leads to the obvious question – just how much of the final film will be Howard’s and how much, if any of Lord and Miller’s footage will remain? Co-star Thandie Newton told EW that Lord and Miller’s stuff is still very much in there: “[T]heir work is everywhere in it. Ninety percent of my stuff is with them.”
The film also stars Alden Ehrenreich as a younger Han Solo along with Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, Donald Glover, Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Joonas Suotamo. It opens May 25th 2018.