Solo kept scenes from original filmmakers

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 17 September 2018
Ron Howard

Ron Howard

'Solo: A Star Wars Story' featured a lot of scenes created by original directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller, who were replaced by Ron Howard after leaving due to creative differences

'Solo: A Star Wars Story' featured a lot of scenes created by original directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller.

The pair were given the boot as Ron Howard took over the science fiction saga spin-off, and co-writer Jon Kasdan has revealed how they still influenced what fans saw on the big screen.

In tweets revealing facts from the film's development and production, he noted that four scenes from the duo - who left midway through production because of creative differences - were kept.

The opening landspeeder chase though Corellia, Han Solo's first meeting with Chewbacca and Lando Calrissian's droid companion L3 were all created by Lord and Miller before their departure from the project.

Kasdan also discussed Han and Qi'ra's kiss on board the Millennium Falcon, which mirrored his later relationship with Princess Leia in 'The Empire Strikes Back'.

He wrote: "We liked the idea of seeing Han in a similar situation, with a similar type of banter, but a very different partner, one who maybe teaches him a thing or two/

"The relationship between Han and Qi'ra was never intended to be concluded at the end of this movie. It's a story I hope we get to tell more of someday 'cause I like their diverging paths."

He also addressed the film's disappointing return at the box office, after it crossed $392.9 million globally with a budget of £250 million.

He argued: "To be honest, I think the challenge has much more to do with the foreign box office than the U.S.

"Personally I think there are great 'Star Wars' movies to be made that don't need to cost quite so much."

Solo: A Star Wars Story

  • 4 stars
  • 2018
  • US
  • 2h 14min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Ron Howard
  • Cast: Alden Ehrenreich, Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, Donald Glover, Thandie Newton, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Joonas Suotamo
  • UK release: 25 May 2018

The origin story of the young Han Solo (Ehrenreich), as he gets out of Corellia, meets Chewbacca (Suotamo) and Lando (Glover) for the first time, and runs into former lover Qi’ra (Clarke). Ehrenreich has just the right easy charm and despite some missteps it’s an enjoyable yarn with fine set-pieces.

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