As we continue to race forward to the release date of Solo: A Star Wars Story, those close to the set apparently claim that Disney is fully expecting the nightmare production on the latest Star Wars spinoff to result in a disappointing run in theatres.
After firing Lord and Miller and replacing them with director Ron Howard, who has apparently re-shot almost all of the film, it appeared Solo: A Star Wars Story might have actually been back on track. However, according to a ScreenGeek source: “Disney is bracing themselves for the Han Solo movie to bomb. They were worried about it before all The Last Jedi controversy, but now they’re essentially writing Solo off. The lead actor, Alden Ehrenreich, can’t act, and they had a dialogue coach on hand for all of his scenes. On top of that, the script is unworkable. It’s going to be a car crash.”
Assuming the report is true, this does not bode well for a film that many amongst the fan community have already denounced as misguided and miscast. Whilst Disney may have had concerns about Solo before The Last Jedi’s release, it is no surprise that the mixed reactions to what was assumed to be a surefire success with fans has raised some concern about the potential backlash for what may happen to one of Star Wars’ most beloved characters.
With rumours of a trailer surfacing soon, we shouldn’t have to wait much longer to get an indication as to where Solo will stand in comparison to the other entries into the Star Wars universe.
Solo: A Star Wars Story features Alden Ehrenreich (Hail, Caesar!) as the famous smuggler, Donald Glover (Atlanta) as Lando Calrissian, Woody Harrelson (War for the Planet of the Apes) as Beckett (Solo’s mentor), Joonas Suotamo as Chewbacca and Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Fleabag), Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones), Thandie Newton (Westworld), Paul Bettany (Avengers: Infinity War), Ian Kenny (Sing Street), and Warwick Davis (Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi) in as-yet-unrevealed roles. It is set for release on May 25th 2018.