Lucasfilm not happy with Alden Ehrenreich’s Han Solo performance

Alden EhrenreichAfter the film world learned the bombshell news that Han Solo spin off directors Christopher Miller and Phil Lord were fired from the film, it seems things just keep getting more complicated for what was once a highly anticipated film.

While many have taken solace in the fact that Ron Howard has been hired to direct, The Hollywood Reporter delved deeper into what happened behind the scenes with Lucasfilm and learned they were not happy with Alden Ehrenreich‘s performance in the title role.

They were so displeased, in fact, that even before Miller and Lord were fired, Lucasfilm hired an acting coach to assist Alden with his performance. THR writes: “Not entirely satisfied with the performance that the directors were eliciting from Rules Don’t Apply star Alden Ehrenreich, Lucasfilm decided to bring in an acting coach.”

While hiring an acting coach to assist an actor in a film is not news, hiring one this far into production sure is. Usually, acting coaches are utilized in preparation for an actor’s performance of a film role, not in the middle of one, which is why this news is somewhat disheartening for Star Wars fans.

Han Solo is not only a seminal character in the Star Wars franchise, but also in the history of film itself. While no one could be expected to replace or exceed the performance of the role’s original actor, Harrison Ford, you would at least hope it’s matched.

Alden is playing Solo in his younger years, the years leading up to when he becomes the smart-mouthed space cowboy we know and love and who goes on to helm the famous Millennium Falcon and partner with his Wookie sidekick, Chewbacca.

So it’s kind of a big deal he gets this right. Regardless of these developments, Lucasfilm maintains that the film is still scheduled to release on May 25, 2018.

What do you think about this news? Are you still excited to see Han Solo – A New Star Wars Story? ~Alexa Caruso 

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  1. George • June 27, 2017 @ 12:23 PM

    No one is going to be able to pull off a young Han Solo. It’s an impossible task. I’m not looking forward to this movie. It’s ridiculous to cast someone who looks nothing like Harrison Ford in the role.

  2. Michael • June 27, 2017 @ 6:37 PM

    I’d have used another actor this guys to wooden onscreen for me

  3. Penguin • June 27, 2017 @ 8:33 PM

    I would have thought he would be properly screen tested to see if he was going to work for this film. What happened? Let’s go back to the heart of things

  4. bigdaddy • June 28, 2017 @ 9:25 AM

    That’s what you get when you hire obscure actors in order to save a few bucks. although in fairness, its worked pretty well for them so far.

  5. CDubya • June 28, 2017 @ 12:14 PM

    ..Yet they let Hayden Christensen continue with his crappy acting for the prequels. Or maybe they learned from that and didn’t want that crapfest level of acting to continue for this film.

  6. Andrew • December 4, 2017 @ 2:51 PM

    Alden Ehrenreich has proven to be a great actor, interesting that several of the comments are in the negative before anyone has actually seen the movie. problem with sheeple is that the media tell you what to think and believe before the event has even taken place.

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