“I was just shocked.”
Solo: A Star Wars Story hits theaters this week, but it hasn’t been a smooth ride from conception to release: original directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller infamously left the project in June 2017 over “creative differences.” After a brief filming hiatus, Ron Howard was brought on to finish the project and bring it all together.
In a new interview with Variety, Donald Glover, who plays young Lando Calrissian in the film, explained the impact the shakeup had on the team. “I felt like the youngest child in a divorce,” he said. “Everybody was just kind of shocked. I was not expecting that call at all. I was at home; I got the call and it was like, “We’re going to take a small hiatus.” And I was just shocked. You just want to know what’s going to happen, because it’s such a big ship and everything is new to you.”
Lucasfilm had reportedly been unhappy with the film’s development in several stages, even hiring an acting coach for the film’s lead, Alden Ehrenreich, after they were unhappy with his performance. But despite its issues, the movie is finished now and we’ll be able to see the finished product this Friday. So far, critics are enjoying the movie, which is sitting at 72% on Rotten Tomatoes.