Last week we found out that Ron Howard was hired to clean up the alleged mess left by directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller after they were unable to get along with screenwriters Lawrence and Jon Kasdan (something The Hollywood Reporter claims was greeted with applause and cheers from the crew). Now we’re learning that Alden Ehrenreich, who plays young Han Solo, was given some mid-shoot acting lessons courtesy of a studio-hired acting coach.
To put it into terms Star Wars fans might better understand, Lucasfilm expected the Millennium Falcon, and what they got was a horse ride on an elderly bantha. Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that Lucasfilm was “not entirely satisfied” with the performance they got from Alden under the direction of Lord and Miller, and so a coach was brought in. THR says hiring an acting coach is not out of the ordinary; acting coaches are brought in all the time. What makes this a little awkward is that one was hired so late into production. Alden Ehrenreich’s acting wasn’t the only thing Lucasfilm wanted to change; they have also replaced the film’s editor.
Surely Alden’s performance can’t be any worse than the “acting” that came out of Hayden Christensen. If it is, then thank god Ron Howard is now involved. All that time spent narrating Arrested Development makes him the ideal person to tell the story of this disaster.