When “Solo: A Star Wars Story” changed stewardship from directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller to filmmaker Ron Howard, the immediate question of course was how much of the exisiting movie would need to be reshot.
Lord and Miller’s exit hit when there was just three weeks of filming left to go and though Howard needed a little time to get up to speed, he jumped right in and began filming with his stint lasting much longer than three weeks – in fact it looked to be nearly four months in total.
Certainly Howard’s filming was way more significant than most additional photography, but how much of the final film ends up being his remains in question. Last week it was suggested he’s ultimately responsible for about 80% of what’s on screen.
However, one co-star now disputes that claim. Speaking with EW, actress Thandie Newton has spoken about her time on the film and her feelings about it going forward:
“Apart from the initial shock and feeling bad for [Lord and Miller] not being able to finish their work, their work is everywhere in it. Ninety percent of my stuff is with them. And it certainly wasn’t about, ‘Oh we have to start again and do it all over.
Obviously, it was a surprise. I love Phil and Chris – everybody loves Phil and Chris – they’re so brilliant. Ron and the guys were talking to each other. As far as I’m concerned what’s on screen, in the end, is going to be an amazing collaboration. It’s a massive piece.
We see so often now there are two directors working on pictures. We already had two with Phil and Chris. Now there’s three. With a project like that where it’s a vision that’s been created over so many years, that’s so expansive, I think it’s less about things going wrong than getting more help to bring it into the best position it can be in. I really like Ron though, he’s very sweet. And [the film is] dope'”
Newton was involved in some of the additional photography under Howard, proven in a behind-the-scenes snap taken of the pair, but this suggests a good portion of Lord and Miller’s work remains. “Solo: A Star Wars Story” is currently still on track for release on May 25th 2018.