‘Star Wars’: New Details On Lord & Miller’s Firing From ‘Han Solo’ Emerge

Han Solo Star Wars Lord Miller The Hollywood Reporter has revealed new details regarding Phil Lord and Chris Miller’s shocking exit as directors from the upcoming Untitled Han Solo Star Wars Story.

Last Tuesday, the news broke that the directing duo had been fired from the project after months of creatively clashing with both Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy and franchise veteran scribe Lawrence Kasdan, who wrote the script for the Han Solo spinoff along with his son. Lord and Miller had reportedly gone off script, against the wishes of Kennedy and Kasdan, and opted for a more improvisational approach to the film rather than operating within the parameters set by the studio. Kennedy did not approve of their shooting style as well as their process of interacting with the cast and crew either. Ultimately, Ron Howard was brought on to replace the pair in an effort to keep the film on schedule for it’s May 2018 release date.

Now THR has unearthed several new unsettling details which will certainly not calm fans fears about the state of the production, or at least what has been captured for the project thus far. According to the trade’s sources, the duo had not begun shooting on the day of their firing until 1 p.m., with only three variations on camera placement rather than the 12-15 Kennedy expected, leaving little options to stitch together in the editing room. The scene they were filming was said to take place in the cockpit of the Millennium Falcon.

Tensions between Lucasfilm and the directors had already reached their boiling point in May when production began in the Canary Islands after filming in London since February. Not satisfied with the performance Lord and Miller were getting out of Alden Ehrenreich, who plays the young Han Solo, an acting coach was brought in. The directing duo reportedly suggested writer-director Maggie Kiley who previously worked on 21 Jump Street with them. Editor Chris Dickens (Macbeth) was also replaced by Oscar-winner Pietro Scalia (Black Hawk Down, Gladiator).

After these attempts to course correct the production were not effective, Kennedy had Kasdan fly to London. Rather than just be removed from the project entirely, the Lucasfilm president had hoped to have Kasdan step in and recreate a scenario similar to where Tony Gilroy came on board to retool Rogue One: A Star Wars Story with the cooperation of Gareth Edwards as the initial cut of the first ever Star Wars spinoff was reportedly too dark and strayed too far away from the tone established in the Skywalker saga. Lord and Miller, however, were not willing to adapt to such a change.

The duo’s vision had “deep fundamental philosophical differences” with that of Lucasfilm’s. They felt they were given “zero creative freedom” under “extreme scheduling constraints” and “were never given enough days for each scene from the very beginning.”

Sources close to the production said it was clear from the start that Lord and Miller’s improvisational approach was not the right fit for a set with hundreds of crew members who need clear direction. “You have to make decisions much earlier than what they’re used to,” one of the trade’s sources said. “I don’t know if it’s because there were two of them but they were not decisive.” While both directors seemed to take into account the complaints voiced by production department heads, no changes to their approach were ever made.

Another source who is close to the directors said that the directors maintained the same improvisational approach they had on their other highly successful such as 21 Jump Street and The Lego Movie. “They collaborate closely with their actors and give them creative freedom that, in their experience, brings out the actors’ best performances,” the source explained before adding that “Lawrence Kasdan would not allow this and demanded that every line was said word for word. To appease him and the studio, Lord and Miller would do several takes exactly as written and then shoot additional takes.”

Kasdan is also said to be very unhappy with the limited shots and displeased that Lord and Miller were going off script and calling out lines for the actors to try from behind the monitor instead. After it became clear the directing duo could not together work with Kasdan, Kennedy was left with no choice but to remove the pair from the project. The following day, the crew was notified that Howard set to take over as director which the crew applauded. Howard is set to arrive in London to begin his work on the film June 26. While the film was scheduled to wrap principal photography in July, shooting will now extend into September.

Howard himself was reportedly concerned about how Lord and Miller would react to his hiring considering the circumstances and contacted them via email to which another source said the duo has been“very supportive, very elegant” towards Howard. Another inside also revealed that plenty of what Lord and Miller shot for the film will still be “very usable.”

The Untitled Han Solo Star Wars Story has been written by Lawrence Kasdan and son Jon Kasdan. The film stars Alden Ehrenreich as the young Han Solo along with Joonas Suotomo as Chewbacca and Donald Glover as the young Lando Calrissian. The cast also includes Thandie Newton, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Michael K. Williams, and Ian Kenny.

The Untitled Han Solo Star Wars Story is currently slated for release on May 25, 2018.

Stay tuned to Heroic Hollywood for the latest news on the future of the Star Wars franchise as we learn it.

Source: THR

10 Best Moments From The ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Teaser Trailer

The Last Jedi 1The wait is finally over, folks. The first trailer for the eagerly-anticipated Star Wars: The Last Jedi premiered at Star Wars Celebration Orlando to rapturous applause. Now that the world has been given an official first look at what happens following the events of The Force Awakens, let’s rundown through 10 of the best moments from this incredible trailer.

These moments will range from what new story details have been revealed to just plain exciting moments of cinematic wonder that only a film series like Star Wars can conjure up. So without further ado, let’s rundown 10 highlights from this new trailer.

1. Ahch-To at sunset

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In one of the first shots from the trailer, we get this gorgeous image of the island we last left Rey (Daisy Ridley) and Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) on. We already saw how director J.J. Abrams visually caught the imagery of this beautiful island, but seeing Rian Johnson’s unique aesthetic capture the environment already sets an exciting precedent for what is certainly going to be one of the most visually dynamic Star Wars films yet.

2. Kylo remnants

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In this shot, we see the crushed up remains of the mask of Kylo Ren (Adam Driver). When we last left him, we see him vulnerable after his embarrassing loss against Rey in their incredible lightsaber duel. Now, Supreme Leader Snoke (Andy Serkis) is ready to help Kylo Ren complete his training. Does this crushed mask symbolize a new transformation for the character?

3. A mysterious book

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We then get a close up of a gloved hand gently surveying this mysterious book. From the looks of it, it looks related to the Jedi. But could this be the Journal of the Whills? Is this book used by Luke as a reference in Rey’s training? Perhaps we will have to wait and see.

4. Lightsaber training

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“It’s so much bigger.”

This incredible helicopter shot around the island is truly beautiful. We see Rey swinging around her lightsaber as she continues her training with Luke. She’s only getting a hint at the true scope of what the Force really is all about, and she still has no idea at how big her journey will truly get.

5. AT-ATs on the horizon?

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We see three ships piloting down some interesting terrain on an unknown planet. The design of these ships is intriguing, but if you look closely at this shot you can see what looks like AT-AT walkers on the horizon. Much like how The Force Awakens paid tribute to A New Hope, perhaps The Last Jedi finds ways to pay tribute to The Empire Strikes Back. 

6. Still asleep…

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Finn (John Boyega) was left in a coma after suffering a major blow in a lightsaber duel against Kylo Ren. This is the only shot we get of him in the trailer, but it looks like he has been transferred to some sort of rehabilitation chamber. Unfortunately, we don’t get to see the former stormtrooper in action, but perhaps they are saving some of his exciting adventures for the next trailer. Hopefully, he won’t be taking a backseat. After all, he is one of our new heroes in this trilogy.

7. Poe & BB-8 on the run

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The dashing Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) and his trusty droid BB-8 are shown running through a Resistance base as a major attack has been unleashed. As they run towards their X-Wing, a major explosion occurs. We don’t get to see if their X-Wing survives the explosion, but this one helluva pilot is certainly going to shine in The Last Jedi. 

8. Falcon takes flight

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There is no such thing as too many Millennium Falcon shots. We see the iconic ship soaring through the cloudy skies as TIE Fighters are shooting towards it. Rey took the Falcon along with Chewbacca and R2-D2 to Ach-To to find Luke. Maybe the four of them eventually escape the island at some point in the film.

9. Ben
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Here, we have an intimidating shot of Kylo Ren with his lightsaber ignited towards the camera. Is he ready to duel against Rey again? Or maybe he’s about to fight against his uncle Luke Skywalker… Who knows, but he’s certainly not going to embarrass himself this time around.

10. “It’s time for the Jedi to end.”

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In what will undoubtedly be the most quoted line in this trailer, Luke laments to Rey that the Jedi must come to an end. Daisy Ridley expressed during the panel that sometimes, meeting your own heroes may lead you to different directions. This quote is certainly an indication that something’s up with Luke. But what? Looks like we’ll have to wait until December 15 to get all the answers (and perhaps even more questions).

Star Wars: The Last Jedi will arrive in our galaxy on December 15.

Michael Mistroff

Michael Mistroff

Michael Mistroff is a Film/TV fan with a passion for Star Wars, Marvel, DC, and Stranger Things.

  • All in all, I hope Howard stitches something great with the material that has been shot and what is still to be filmed. It’s not an ideal situation but the film may very well end up benefiting from the best of both worlds and while I imagine that Lucasfilm is gonna have to approach future projects by choosing safer directors that will work in the confines of their system, I am looking forward to seeing Solo completed and I am still quite excited (especially by Donald Glover as young Lando Calrissian, an inspired choice to say the least!)

  • Ruben C Barron

    So because the directors were asking for the wrong performance from the actor hired to play Han Solo, they bring in an acting coach?