Lucasfilm reportedly hired an acting coach for Alden Ehrenreich on the Han Solo set

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We always knew Harrison Ford was irreplaceable, but it seems Lucasfilm might have missed out on that memo. With the shocking news of directors, Phil Lord and Chris Miller being fired as directors of the Han Solo movie to be replaced by Ron Howard comes news of more signs of trouble in paradise for the marriage between Disney and Lucasfilm.

New reports from The Hollywood Reporter have revealed that the studio was not happy with the initial acting performance of lead Alden Ehrenreich and hired an acting coach to get the performance out of him that they were looking for. Now, you would think they would’ve covered this in the audition process, which makes the news all the more surprising.

Ehrenreich is certainly not the first young actor to headline a Star Wars film. In fact, considering George Lucas’ approach of hiring fresh actors to lead the films, he is arguably one of the more well-known and already established Star Wars leads. The difference is that whereas all other actors were taking on new original characters, Ehrenreich is trying to replicate one of the most beloved characters in film history, which is certainly no easy feat and seemingly something he wasn’t quite getting right.

This news is definitely not calming the fears that many fans now have for the film. For many, a film all about Han Solo was almost too good to be true and while Lucasfilm is working hard on ensuring the final product will still be of a high quality, it appears the dream might have been too good after all. The film will likely make money regardless, but Lucasfilm will likely want to avoid this movie potentially being the first turkey in the Star Wars cannon (because Star Wars Episode I: A Phantom Menace is probably not as bad as you remember and Jar Jar Binks didn’t really happen – okay?).

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Last Updated: June 27, 2017

Craig Risi

A man of many talents, but no sense how to use them. I could be discovering the cure for aids or finding ways to achieve world peace, but I’d rather be watching movies and writing here instead.

  • I have a bad feeling about this. I wonder if that kid was getting too cocky on set?

    • Darnit. You stole my line

    • miaau

      Who is the more foolish, the fool or he who follows him?

      Ron Howard may do well to pay attention to that line.

  • Original Heretic

    Terrible! Did they cast him for his look alone?!
    He’s had a few other roles, but nothing like playing Solo.

    Someone screwed up when they cast him….

    • MonsterCheddar

      What look?

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        Scruffy looking.

        • GooseZA

          I chuckled.

        • Hammersteyn

          ROFL!

        • MonsterCheddar

          I don’t get it.

          • miaau

            yeah, me neither. probably comes with being married a few years now and having babies and toddlers in the house.

          • MonsterCheddar

            I’m just stupid.

          • miaau

            Yeah, I feel that way too, sometimes.

            But then I say to myself, NO, Married men have rights too. I stand up for them I demand them. I can get IT. I stand up for myself, nay, for married men with small children everywhere, and I make a start here, right now, for OUR rights. We deserve IT. No more do we wait in anticipation for IT.

            And then I say “Yes, dear”, and go make her some coffee, perhaps with a small marshmallow surprise or two floating in it. Cause that is what married MEN, who harbour respect and love for their wives AND the mother of their children, do.

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

          • miaau

            Yeah, pretty much it.

            Without the B!itch word, but yeah. You vent, you steam, but you NEVER actually do.

          • MonsterCheddar

            Wait
            …..

            WHAT?

          • miaau

            Oh, were we not talking about the same thing, then? Oops, sorry. My apologies

            Here, please have this cool story about a man who tried to sell a picture of a spider as my way of apologising to you.

            http://www.27bslash6.com/overdue.html

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

          • MonsterCheddar

            AH.

  • MonsterCheddar

    When you say Han Solo, that guy doesn’t fit the mould. He has some big shoes to fill.

    They should’ve got the dude from the Lethal Weapon series. I think he would’ve nailed it.

    • miaau

      Mel Gibson? Crisis, but he is too old, Mr Cheddar, really? and Danny Glover clearly does not look like a young Han Solo

      • MonsterCheddar

        The Lethal Weapon TV series. Clayne Crawford.

        *Facepalms

        • miaau

          The Lethal Weapon TV series. Clayne Crawford.

          Its like you speak another language, I swear. *Facepalms?

          Nah, Lethal Weapon were movies back in the day. Not sure about the series at all.

          • MonsterCheddar

            They made a TV series as well, with Clayne Crawford as Riggs and Damon Wayans as Murtaugh.

            Wow dude, Season 1 already finished. Where were you?

          • miaau

            Really, a Lethal Weapon TV Series? Wow.

            At home, with the wife and kids, apparently. We do no actually watch much TV.

            Um, we sometimes watch classical shows or operas, if that helps. My eldest , 3 and half years now, absolutely loves that. she and I sit and watch music shows or just a few YouTube videos on TV about two or three times a week.

            Also, we (wife and I) will not watch violent shows when the kids are awake, at all.

            TV Series any good?

          • MonsterCheddar

            Awesome as fuck. The movies will always stay close to my heart, but the series have taken the characters to a whole new level.
            I would really urge you to watch it.
            After watching the series, if someone says Martin Riggs, you won’t think of Gibson. I promise. The series character brings much more depth.

          • miaau

            Hm,, ok. Will see if it is on Netflix or Showmax.

            Perhaps we can watch an episode if the kids sleep

          • I’m going to have to disagree with MonsterCheddar on everything regarding Lethal Weapon TV series. I thought it was, soooooo, so bad. Could only make it through two episodes before giving up. And this is coming from a guy who was able to grimace his way through all five seasons of Arrow.

          • miaau

            NOOOOO.

            Wife and I watched Season 1 and 2 of Arrow, LOVED season 1. Started Season 3, not brilliant, but….

            NOOOOOO. It is the one show we are slowly trying to actually watch, in between kids, work, work, kids, work and all that. And say you had to grimace through it?

            But, but, we love season 1 so much, 2 was ok to watch too,

          • S1 and S2 of Arrow are solid watches. S3 things start coming off the rails and while there are some good moments, there are some really bad ones. S4 is trash. Utter trash from start to finish. Not even Neal McDonough as a devilishly good bad guy can save it. S5 starts VERY strong, but just when you think you’re back to the early days glory BAM!! Badness after badness leading up to an utterly laughable “cliffhanger” ending.

          • miaau

            Sigh. Such solid foundations to build a great cult classic series on….

            Happens often, unfortunately

            BUT, for example, Person of Interest, i thought Season 4 was better than 2 or 3.

  • GooseZA

    I think he should have been given a little wiggle room with the role, rather than expecting him to produce a carbonite copy.

    • Hammersteyn

      XD

  • Magoo

    Calm down everyone. As Solo himself once said, fly casual.

    • Hammersteyn

      He also said, great kid, don’t get cocky. I think this may apply here.

  • Chuckles von Clausewitz III

    Oh snap, it’s Jar Jar Bings all over again, guys!

  • miaau

    There is a scene in Mass Effect Andromeda where Sarah Ryder mimics Han Solo;s attempt to get the stormtroopers off their back in the detention centre. Very funny AND Ryder shared a small laugh about trying it. That just reminds me, that roguish, devil may care while caring attitude, that swagger. All of it, the package. Very hard to pull off.

  • Hammersteyn

    He’s been in so many short films, I can see his acting coming up a bit short.

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