Following the announcement from Lucasfilm that directing duo Phil Lord and Chris Miller were departing the Han Solo spin-off film, fans have been anxious over the state of the production. As the film is currently in post-production, one reported source close to the film claims that Disney anticipates that the film is a "car crash" and it will be a massive "bomb."
"Disney is bracing themselves for the Han Solo movie to bomb," the source told ScreenGeek. "They were worried about it before all The Last Jedi controversy, but now they’re essentially writing Solo off. The lead actor, Alden Ehrenreich, can’t act, and they had a dialogue coach on hand for all of his scenes. On top of that, the script is unworkable. It’s going to be a car crash."
It's unclear the authenticity of the source, yet these claims sound like the fears many have about the production.
Lord and Miller was a choice many fans were excited for, as they were behind the 21 Jump Street films and The LEGO Movie. Unfortunately, rumors about their departure from the film seem to be rooted in their comedic talents and encouragement of the cast to improvise during their scenes.
This comedic tone was reportedly deviating too far from Lucasfilm's vision for the smuggler's story, requiring re-shoots to bring the film back on track. As the directors were uninterested in "correcting" their work, the studio parted ways with the filmmakers.
Ron Howard stepped in shortly after the announcement to not only complete the film as
Earlier this month, the latest installment in the Skywalker Saga, The Last Jedi, had created immense amounts of anticipation from devout and casual Star Wars fans alike. Following its release, a small but vocal group of audiences expressed their displeasure at the deviation from their expectations so strongly that the film's audience score on Rotten Tomatoes has dropped to the lowest in the entire franchise.
Between the public troubled production of Solo and recent disappointment with Lucasfilm, it's entirely possible Disney and Lucasfilm are expecting the worst from the film.
Solo: A Star Wars Story hits theaters on May 25, 2018.