Following Phil Lord and Chris Miller having departed the Han Solo Star Wars movie over creative differences with Disney, LucasFilm brought Ron Howard on board to finish up with the film.
Now it’s actually learned that Ron Howard reshot a lot more of the Han Solo movie than originally intended as Disney felt confident with Howard as the movie progressed.
Word comes from Paul Bettany (via Total Film and Slash Film):
“His staging ability is so f-cking 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.”
While there is conflicting reports as to why Phil Lord and Chris Miller left the Han Solo movie, there can be no doubt that Ron Howard enjoyed his time on set judging by all his social media posts.
Paul Bettany also describes the Han Solo movie as a gangster flick:
It’s Han Solo’s story, and of course his story would be a caper. On one level it’s a gangster movie. That’s really interesting, because it’s within the canon but really different. It’s f–king Han Solo!
Solo: A Star Wars Story has a May 25, 2018 release directed by Ron Howard starring Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo, Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian, Woody Harrelson as Becket, Joonas Suotamo as Chewbacca, with Emilia Clarke, Thandie Newton and Phoebe Waller-Bridge.
Hey #Twitterville we just wrapped production so here’s a special message #StarWars pic.twitter.com/8QJqN5BGxr
— Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward) October 17, 2017
Had to say goodbye to my friend @Paul_Bettany today. Another terrific performance from a world class talent. pic.twitter.com/6jkNKQNQZZ
— Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward) September 16, 2017