Thandie Newton: Han Solo film is dope

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 2 November 2017
Thandie Newton

Thandie Newton

Thandie Newton admits she was surprised that Phil Lord and Christopher Miller left 'Solo: A Star Wars Story' but says the film, now helmed by Ron Howard, is "dope" and "so cool"

Thandie Newton has described the 'Solo: A Star Wars Story' film as being "dope" and "so cool".

The 44-year-old British actress stars in a so-far unknown role in the spin-off movie, which was initially going to be helmed 'The LEGO Movie' filmmakers Phil Lord and Christopher Miller but they left the project due to creative differences with Disney and Lucasfilm leaving Oscar winner Ron Howard to take over directing duties.

Newton was as surprised as anyone that Lord and Miller left the project but has assured fans that the sci-fi film is going to be "amazing" and says a lot of their ideas will still be seen on screen as Howard remained faithful to much of their story.

Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, Newton said: "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. I think 90 per cent of my stuff is with them. And it certainly wasn't about, 'Oh we have to start again and do it all over.' Obviously, it was a surprise. 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."

The spin-off movie is based on the early days of space smuggler Han Solo - originally played by Harrison Ford - with Ehrenreich taking over the role.

'Solo: A Star Wars Story' is slated for release in May 2018.

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.