How much of the original story of Solo: A Star Wars Story remains after Ron Howard took over for Phil Lord and Chris Miller? With recent reshoots taking longer than scheduled, some are speculating that there is a possibility that the entire film was reshot in Ron Howard’s vision.
Last week, it was suggested that Howard may be responsible for 80% of what is in the final cut of Solo: A Star Wars Story. One of the film’s co-stars disagrees with this statement. In an interview with EW, actress Thandie Newton talked about the film, and the her feelings about the change:
“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 Howard reshoots, but her statements claim that much of Lord and Miller’s original film remains, despite them aiming to shoot a buddy comedy, and Lucasfilm wanting something more serious.