We’ve combed through the latest issue of Empire Magazine to bring you all the biggest new details and reveals about the movie, including more intel on Phil Lord and Chris Miller’s unexpected departure.
From the shock departure of original directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller to where we find Han when the story begins, his relationship with Chewbacca, and various other story details and behind the scenes reveals, you’ll find everything you could possibly ever want to know about Solo right here.
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How Ron Howard Meshed His Style With Lord And Miller’s
“If ever there was a completely honest version of creative differences, this is it,” Ron Howard says when asked how he went about blending his style with the work Phil Lord and Chris Miller did.
“I didn’t witness any of it. I came in, just picked up and went. I’m very grateful for much of the work [Lord and Miller] did. Yes, we took some of the sequences in different directions and experimented with them and there’s a great deal of myself in the movie now. But their fingerprints are all over it in ways that I’m very grateful for.” So, it’s clearly not the same movie but their influence will be felt in at least some subtle ways (even if it’s not overtly obvious when Solo is released next month).
Where We Find Han When The Movie Begins
Han is an orphan and after dropping out of the Imperial Navy, he’s tearing up the streets with his friend Qi’ra (Emilia Clarke). The magazine theorises that it’s in the Navy that the youngster gets his “Solo” surname and it’s also confirmed that the action will initially take place on Corellia, a location we’ve heard a lot about over the years but will visit for the first time in this spinoff movie.
How Han’s Youth Has An Impact On Solo’s Tone
“He’s a brash, cocky, young guy,” Ron Howard says in regards to where we find Han at the start of this adventure. “And the whole movie is about struggling for freedom, struggling to throw off an institutionalised kind of oppression. It has a young rebellious energy around it.” It’s said that he spends most of his time avoiding Imperial entanglements, so he clearly isn’t worried about making an enemy out of them. Whether or not he passionately hates the Empire is another matter!
Han And Chewie’s Relationship Makes This A “Love Story”
Getting to see the first meeting between Han Solo and Chewbacca is easily one of the most exciting things about this movie but Lawrence Kasdan has a very interesting take on the impact their relationship will have on this tale. “It’s a love story,” the writer reveals. “Obviously, they don’t automatically trust each other and become friends. But that’s all the meat of a good story.”
Howard was also keen to bring more of the duo’s dynamic to the big screen, adding: “If anything I put more in. I could see that Joonas [Suotamo] was bringing so much to the character in really fun and funny ways.” Talking of Suotamo, he reveals that, “We meet Chewbacca at a difficult period in his life. And he’s in a bit of trouble.” Could that what leads to him leaving Kashyyyk?
What Happened When Alden Ehrenreich Met Harrison Ford
Thanks to some sneaky photographers, we know that Alden Ehrenreich met with Harrison Ford to discuss the role of Han Solo but for those of you hoping he’d spill the beans on what was discussed that day, the actor made it clear that their conversation will remain between them. “He said, ‘If they ask, tell them I told you everything you need to know and that you can’t tell anyone anything.'”
Why Did Alden Ehrenreich Agree To Play Han Solo?
Ehrenreich may be reluctant to reveal what advice Ford gave him but he was quick to spill the beans on what led to him taking on the role of Han Solo. “I took a little time to really make sure that it was what I wanted to do. As enthusiastic and excited as I was from the outset, I wanted to make sure that it was really my choice and not something I was just doing because anyone would be crazy not to do it. There’s a lot of self-depreciating humour. There’s a dynamism to it, rhythm and fun.”
That’s as good a reason as any to accept a role like this and he was clearly well aware that a lot of eyes would be on him after saying yes. Now, we’ll just have to hope he’s able to deliver come May 25th!
Even The Writer Felt The Movie Should Go In A Different Direction
You’ll hear a lot about how everyone felt about the departure of Lord and Miller in this feature but Kasdan is the only one who outright says that he felt the movie needed to go down a different path.
“These movies are so gigantic, it is a little hard to identify exactly what moving part changes when there is a change of direction,” he explains. “But this movie had to go in a different direction. I’m a great believer that whatever preconceptions you have going into a movie, whatever resistance you might have, whatever excitement you may have because you’re going to see a familiar character, all bets are off about three minutes into the movie.” It’s been said that Kasdan may have played a big role in the filmmaking duo’s departure because he was on set witnessing their…unique…working style.
The Movie Isn’t About Delivering A Harrison Ford Imitation
All eyes are on Ehrenreich to deliver when it comes to being a good Han Solo but Howard is quick to point out that no one ever wanted the actor to imitate what had come before. “It was always clear from the beginning, before I was involved, that it was not going to be an impression of Harrison. No one wanted that. Part of Han Solo’s character is sort of a vibe and a feel and a body language. I think from the minute Alden knew he was doing it, he began thinking about that and working with it.”
Han’s Story Arc In The Movie
“I was attracted to the idea of how this guy became the cynical on the outside, tender-hearted on the inside person we see in A New Hope,” Kasdan says when asked where we find Han Solo here and what led to him making this project a priority (he originally didn’t even want to work on The Force Awakens). “What creates that outer shell of cynicism and what creates that core?”
“He comes from a really tough background,” Ehrenreich adds. “He’s dreaming of a way to create a better life for himself where he has more freedom and autonomy. In this world, that means being the best criminal there is.” So, that explains what turns him into the smuggler we all know and love!
How Donald Glover Feels About Lando And Changing Directors
All the signs are pointing to Donald Glover stealing the show as Lando and he says that “I guess what I took away was that the character was gonna do what he needs to do to survive” when asked about his take on the anti-hero. It’s also noted that L3-37 will serve as both his first mate and confidante.
As for how he felt to find out over the phone that Lord and Miller were being replaced by Ron Howard, Glover adds:“It was unexpected. It wasn’t like super hard, but it was just strange. I don’t think anybody else has gone through anything like that. But we’re a family so we go through it.”
Why Ron Howard Chose To Board The Movie
“I felt like I could help,” the filmmaker says when asked why he decided to take over the reigns of Solo for Disney and Lucasfilm, a decision from the studio which took no time at all for them to make.
“I jumped in as a bit of an adventure really, a kind of cinematic adventure for Ron,” Howard continues. “It wasn’t long before I had fallen completely in love with it, and I feel passionate and connected to this movie as anything I’ve done. It’s been an exciting, exciting experience. I came in as a true believer in what the movie could be. I really loved the story, I thought the script was strong. I was very excited about the cast. So it was easy for me to be enthusiastic.”
At least he’s excited and there’s no getting around the fact he’s an extremely capable director.
The Dynamic Between Tobias Beckett And Val
Apparently, Thandie Newton’s Val is going to be Tobias Beckett’s accomplice in the movie and they’re the ones who teach Han the ropes and essentially induct him into the life of a criminal. It’s also confirmed that the train heist on Vandor is an attempt by the team to steal a currently “MacGuffin.”
What Percentage Of Lord And Miller’s Work Remains?
“Look, I don’t want to go into it too much because I really don’t want people worrying about how many people worked on the movie,” Howard immediately responded when asked just how much he changed the movie and whether or not we’ll see Lord and Miller’s work. “I just think the movie will speak for itself. And these stories are meant to be immersive, something you can lose yourself in.”
That’s a fair point but it won’t stop fans trying to figure out who shot which scenes in the movie!
Where Things Currently Stand With Solo
“The fact is, we’ve got a hell of a lot of work to do,” Howard admits when asked how work is currently progressing. “The whole thing has been very focused, very intense but incredibly enjoyable. We all know we are going to make our date and we’re feeling really resolved and solid about the movie.” He’s clearly on top of things then and bear in mind this interview is from last month!
As for what Howard has brought to the table, Ehrenreich explains: “He was very aware of what everyone was feeling in terms of morale. He was very respectful of what we had already done.”