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June 30, 2017

LucasFilm Unsatisfied With "Han Solo" Star's Acting? Hires An Acting Couch Deep Into Production?

You probably know that the two directors of Han Solo were fired a week or so back, and Ron Howard was brought in as an emergency last-minute replacement, even though main shooting was almost done with just a few weeks left and then some planned reshoots.

The Wrap now claims there's another problem: Alden Ehrenreich just wasn't giving them the Han Solo performance they had hoped for.

As the Han Solo "Star Wars" movie prepares to move forward under new director Ron Howard, a report has surfaced that says Lucasfilm was not only displeased with the progress being made by recently fired filmmakers Phil Lord and Chris Miller, but also by the performance by the project’s leading man, Alden Ehrenreich.

According to a report from The Hollywood Reporter, Lucasfilm decided to hire an acting coach well into the film's production in order to get a performance the studio felt Lord and Miller were not getting out of the actor.

The late-stage hire was part of a series of replacements and additions made by Lucasfilm to try and improve production, including replacing the project's editor, Chris Dickens, with longtime Ridley Scott collaborator Pietro Scalia.

The Hollywood Reporter (I think) noted that hiring an acting coach for an actor isn't unusual. I guess even pros could use some feedback and coaching. However, they said, hiring a coach this late into a shoot isn't usual. My own uninformed speculation is that hiring a coach this late into a production means you don't like what you've seen in the hours of footage you've already got in the can.

It'd be a shame if a Disney/Marvel/ABC/ESPN venture tanked.


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