With the attention that every Star Wars film gets it was no surprise that the ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ film saw a lot of hyperbole and rumour about being in crisis when directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller were replaced by Oscar winner Ron Howard. Actress Thandie Newton, who has an as yet unknown role in the film, has moved to quell those rumours.
Talking with EW she has discussed her feelings on Lord and Miller leaving:
“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,” says the actress, who last month completed some additional shooting in London on the film. “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.’”
She also discussed working with Ron Howard and her feelings on the final product:
“Obviously, it was a surprise,” says Newton of the switch. “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; it’s so cool! And it’s such a great cast with Phoebe [Waller-Bridge], [Alden] Ehrenreich, Donald Glover, Woody [Harrelson] and, of course, you know the wonderful Game of Thrones angel, Emilia [Clarke].”