The Force Awakens and Rogue One got the Star Wars franchise back on track, but Han Solo's standalone movie seemed to be going off the rails. Back in June, Lucasfilm fired directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller due to creative differences, just three weeks prior to finishing production. Shortly thereafter, Ron Howard stepped in to complete the project.
Ever since then, numerous reports have shed light on how messy and difficult the director shakeup was — not only for the company, but for the people involved in the film, including the cast. One person in particular who had a difficult time with the situation was Donald Glover.
The actor sat down for an interview with The Hollywood Reporter to discuss his fruitful career, and the conversation eventually veered toward his role as Lando Calrissian in the Han Solo spinoff. After praising Ron Howard for his filmmaking legacy, Glover stated that the director change initially created a worrying uncertain environment on the set:
Ron is such a legend, and he knows exactly what the vision for what he is doing is … [but Phil and Chris] hired us, so you sort of feel like, 'I know I'm not your first choice …' And you worry about that.
A Bitter Divorce
As mentioned, reports have stated that Lord and Miller clashed with Disney and Lucasfilm executives from the very beginning over their widely different visions for the film, which led to some animosity between both parties. Glover however, revealed he wasn't too sure about what had happened. The actor used an analogy to explain his position in the director shakeup:
To be honest, I don't know exactly what happened. I feel like I was the baby in the divorce, or the youngest child. The oldest child is like, 'We know what's happening, but we are keeping you out of it.' And I'm just like, [Glover's voice rises several octaves] 'Was that scene good? How did you feel?'
It has to be incredibly difficult to be working in such a troubled and massive project, without knowing for sure what's going on.
The Right Person For The Job
Fortunately, after all of that uncertainty and stress, Disney and Lucasfilm found the right person to take over the job. Ron Howard is a talented director, and best of all, he's absolutely loving his time in the Galaxy Far, Far Away. Back when he was announced as the movie's new helmer, Howard took to Twitter to assure fans that the film was in the right hands:
On top of that, Howard hasn't been shy about sharing his excitement on social media with numerous mouth-watering posts and teases. Given the talent and commitment behind the movie, I'm sure Han Solo's solo adventure will be a worthy addition to the every-expanding lore of the Star Wars universe.
The untitled Han Solo spinoff will fly into theaters on May 25, 2018.
[Source: The Hollywood Reporter]