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Published On: Sat, May 5th, 2018

Alden Ehrenreich defends former ‘Solo’ directors, confirms three-film contract

Will there be a Solo sequel? Star Alden Ehrenreich seems to be content with the former directors of the project, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, praising the duo and dropping the news that Lucasfilm signed him to a three-picture deal.

During an interview with Esquire, Ehrenreich first addressed some of the controversy around the ousting of Solo’s original directors, explaining their approach to the material.

“From the first screen test on, we played around with it a lot. We tried a lot of different things, rethinking behind the scenes. That was yielding a different movie than the other factions wanted. I knew what I was doing, but in terms of what that adds up to, you’re so in the dark as an actor. You don’t know what it’s shaping up to be, how they’re editing it, so it’s kind of impossible without having seen those things to know what the difference [of opinion] was, or exactly what created those differences.”

Lucasfilm’s Kathleen Kennedy shocked fandom when he cut the pair loose. Ehrenreich tells Esquire that he had no idea things were as bad as was later reported.

“The actors are at the kids’ table, unless you’re also a producer of the movie. So you’re really kept out of all the backroom dynamics of what was going on,” he said.

Ehrenreich also mentions that he personally had a good relationship with the directors, and that their leaving was emotional — and that there is no truth to the rumor that the cast and crew broke into applause when the announcement of Lord and Miller’s departure was made: “That’s bulls**t. For a crew to do that would mean they hated [Lord and Miller], which was not by any stretch the case.”

There was also praise for new Solo director Ron Howard’s righting the ship, explaining how Howard was able to get everyone enthusiastic about the movie again after so much turmoil.

“Everybody’s hackles are raised a bit, and Ron had this ability to come in and deal with morale and get everybody enthusiastic about, A, what we’d already shot, because I think his feeling was that a lot of what we’d already done was really good, and, B, the direction for the next piece of it. He knew how to navigate a tricky situation, and almost from the first or second day everybody pretty quickly recharged and got excited again about the movie.”

Ehrenreich also mentioned that he had signed on for three films, then stating, “I don’t know if that’s officially, uh, public. But — yeah.”

It opens the door (unsurprisingly) for more prequel-sequels, though it’s worth keeping in mind that Rogue One’s Felicity Jones also signed on for three films when she was making that movie, even though a direct sequel is not happening.

Ehrenreich is joined by Donald Glover as a dashing, younger version of Lando Calrissian as well as Woody Harrelson and Emilia Clarke also star: Clarke plays Qui’Ra and Harrelson, a scoundrel…a mentor of sorts named Tobias Beckett.

Beckett is a seasoned, no-nonsense survivor, forever working the angles to make sure he always comes out ahead of the game.

Solo also stars Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Joonas Suotamo (Chewbacca) while Paul Bettany has been added as a character that Michael Kenneth Williams was expected to play – Dryden Vos.

Thandie Newton is playing a key character named Val with these other actors onboard: Clint Howard, Jon Favreau voice an alien, Warwick Davis playing Fight Droid 2, Lily Newmark who may be Enfys Nest) and Kamil Lemieszewski as Dryden Skipper.

The deadly Enfys Nest is an extremely dangerous and brutal marauder. With his face always obscured beneath a fearsome helmet, Nest is deadly, athletic, and percussively vicious.

Moloach, played by Harley Durst, wallows in authority over the lesser thieves of his gang. Like all White Worms, Moloch is extremely sensitive to natural light and must wear special protective gear when operating beyond the murk of his dank lair.

Solo: A Star Wars Story arrives in theaters on May 25, 2018.

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