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?).

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.

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