Conflict Between Alden and Ron Howard?

SC Reviews has an interesting perspective on the recent Esquire interview with Alden Ehrenreich:

From Esquire:

Of Lord and Miller, Ehrenreich says, “They had a different style than Ron in terms of the way we were working.” He’s not sure what their Solo would have been like. He liked the script. He liked them as directors. He can’t say whether they were really taking an Apatovian riffs-over-script approach. “From the first screen test on, we played around with it a lot. We tried a lot of different things, rethinking behind the scenes,” he says. “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.”

He wasn’t told that Lord and Miller were being replaced until it happened, he says. The directors themselves told him almost immediately. “They said, ‘We were let go,’ and that’s it. They had mentioned there were some disagreements before, but they didn’t get into it. They wished me the best with the rest of the movie. On a personal level, it felt emotional, for them to be going after we’d set out on that course together. Because I spent a lot of time with them, and we had a really good relationship—they also cast me. But I think at that point, they were kind of on board with [the decision], too. Like, ‘This is what’s happening.’ That’s not what they said to me, but that was the vibe I got.”

Ehrenreich says the fan-press rumor that it was he who approached Kennedy with concerns about Lord and Miller is “not at all” true, that he couldn’t imagine ever making a call like that “unless people were being put in danger or something.”

He also insists that the story about Lucasfilm forcing Lord and Miller to bring in an acting coach—later identified as writer- director Maggie Kiley—to work on his performance has been mischaracterized: “She was part of conversations that happened for a couple weeks at one point,” Ehrenreich says, “but that was basically it.” (Lord and Miller say that Kiley is someone they’d worked with on previous films and that they brought her on Solo as a resource for the entire cast as well as themselves.) As for the various stories about the Solo crew breaking into spontaneous applause upon hearing of Howard’s appointment or (depending on which account you read) Lord and Miller’s firing?

“That’s bullshit,” Ehrenreich says. “For a crew to do that would mean they hated [Lord and Miller], which was not by any stretch the case.”

The production went dark for almost three weeks between Lord and Miller’s sacking and Howard’s arrival. “It was this period of going, What if they get somebody that you don’t get along with? What if they get somebody that has a totally different vision?” Ehrenreich admits. But he adds that Howard won over the cast and crew quickly.

“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.” (Lord and Miller ended up with executive-producer credits on the film. Everyone involved is cagey about how much of their material ended up in the final cut.)

It’s interesting that these sentiments towards Lord & Miller, are similar to sentiments expressed previously be fellow cast members who also worked under the duo on this film.

“Obviously, it was a surprise. I love Phil and Chris — everybody loves Phil and Chris — they’re so brilliant.” -Thandie Newton

“I will tell you this much though,” Williams adds. “What saddens me most is I was very proud of the work that I did. What I believe I have created with Emilia Clarke and Woody Harrelson and Alden [Ehrenreich, who plays Solo]… I thought it was some great work. We was on the spaceship, and we all had these amazing scenes together, and I thought it was a great opportunity, and I thought it was some great stuff. It’s unfortunate the world won’t get to see it.” – Michael K. Williams

People who worked with Lord & Miller on this film, seem to have good things to say about their experiences.

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I can’t find any pics of Howard with his arm around Alden…

Ethan Van Sciver, puts forth the theory that Alden Eherenreich also has a bit of a beef with Ron Howard, and that it was Ron Howard himself who leaked rumors that Alden couldn’t act.  Ethan also suggests that the reason that Alden let it slip that he’s signed up for three films, is that perhaps Lucasfilm may be looking to fire Alden, if Ron Howard doesn’t particularly care for him.

I’d only add, that if any of this is the case, then we should start to see comments from other cast and crew members echoing issues with Ron Howard.  The truth will eventually come out, because it always does.

In all of this though, I can’t help but think of Lord & Miller’s reactions and responses about the casting of Alden in the following video.  They don’t really appear to be too happy about the topic.  Something seems amiss and awkward with regards to Alden’s casting.

Alden Confirms That He Is Signed Up For Three Han Solo Films

Alex Pappadamas from Esquire interviews Alden Ehrenreich.  It’s a lengthy article that goes into some of the controversies around the production, with new statements from Lord & Miller which contradict earlier rumors, and so on and so forth.  As far as I’m’ concerned, the real story won’t really come out until everyone’s NDAs expire.

But there was this little interesting tidbit:

I ask Ehrenreich how many he’s signed up for.

“Three,” he says, then flinches, understanding he may have just created a disturbance in the Force. “I don’t know if that’s officially, uh, public. But—yeah.” 

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Triple your pleasure, triple your fun.

Is Solo Going To Be Funny Or Not?

Before we get into the latest Solo news, let’s review some of the past before it dies.

In a previous post, I wrote the following:

…Lord & Miller’s approach to the Han Solo film was far too jokey and comedic for what Lucasfilm wanted.

These rumors run counter to the statements made by Thandie Newton, an actress who worked with Lord & Miller on the Han Solo movie.  She stated:

“Obviously, it was a surprise. I love Phil and Chris — everybody loves Phil and Chris — they’re so brilliant.”

That doesn’t exactly sound like a disgruntled cast or crew member who would have applauded at Lord & Miller’s replacement.

Furthermore, given The Last Jedi’s notorious flat and inappropriate humor, does anyone still think that Lord & Miller were fired for making the Han Solo movie too comedic?  Something is fishy here, but I suspect the truth won’t come out until NDAs expire.

I’ve also posted the following purported beans spilled by an anonymous actor on the set of Solo:

Which is interesting, given that this also runs contrary to statements made by Jon Kasdan, who remarks that the screenplay specifically contained comedy.

For screenwriters and father-son duo Lawrence and Jon Kasdan, the film’s roots are heavily vested in one of the most central relationships in the universe’s mythology: the friendship between Han and Chewbacca (played in “Solo” by Joonas Suotamo). “To me, this is a love story between Han and Chewie,” the younger Kasdan told the outlet. “Their relationship has always been my favorite part of the saga, and the fact that only Han understands what Chewie is saying, I find a very funny possibility for comedy.”

So, let that history preface the following new story.

Patrick Cavanaugh from comicbook.com reports on recent comments made by Alden Ehrenreich:

According to star Alden Ehrenreich, fans can expect much more humor from Solo: A Star Wars Story than they got in other Star Wars films.

“It has a lot of jokes. A lot of humor,” Ehrenreich shared with The Star Wars Show. “You spend a lot more time dealing with the feelings and the inner life of the characters and kind of all the characters in a certain way, in this one.”

Interestingly, some reports have claimed that the film leaning too heavily into the comedic side of the saga is what caused original directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller to leave the project.

It’s amusing to hear all of these stories about how funny Solo will be, after all of the rumors about Lord & Miller getting fired for being too funny.

Explaining Things To Star Wars Explained

A short time ago, Alex Damon of Star Wars Explained released a video criticizing the public reaction to the blaster-less Han Solo posters.

In it, Alex states:

“…everyone is acting like Disney and Lucasfilm are trying to take the wars out of Star Wars.”

In all fairness, why wouldn’t some people react this way?  Let’s go over some of the past, before we let it die.

In the The Last Jedi, the audience was treated to a lecture from Rose Tico, about the weapons trade, and how evil it is.  So it’s clear that the writers of the film are now using the Star Wars franchise as a vehicle to push an anti-gun agenda.

That lecture gives new light to The Force Awakens, in which the protagonist Rey fights off armed assailants through half the film with a stick.  The writing of this perplexing scenario now makes much more sense in the context of the writer’s anti-gun activism.

Additionally, we can look to the overseer of Disney-era Star Wars, Kathleen Kennedy, and the history of her heavy involvement in films.  For instance, Kathleen Kennedy was a producer on the 20th Anniversary E.T. The Extraterrestial DVD.  In that updated film, the handguns held by police officers were digitally replaced with walkie-talkies.

Fast forward to 2008 and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal SkullRed Letter Media does an interesting analysis on that franchise, comparing the number of people that Indy kills in each film:

In short, while Indiana Jones kills multiple enemies in the original three films, he only kills one person in Crystal Skull; the Indiana Jones film that Kathleen Kennedy worked on as producer.

Given this historical track record, along with the now widely known SJW agenda driven material throughout the Disney-era Star Wars franchise, it was perfectly reasonable for many to suspect that “Disney and Lucasfilm were trying to take the wars out of Star Wars.”  In fact, I’m not entirely convinced that the current writing staff at Lucasfilm (or indeed many in the fanbase) are at all aware that the word “wars” appears in the title of the franchise, as I’ve written about many times here.

Alex continues:

“What nobody was talking about or mentioning was the fact that these were international posters.”

In fact, I was talking about and mentioning the fact that these were international posters.  I wrote in my original post:

Collider reported in a March 15th article, that the blaster-less posters are the international posters, which goes back to my previous update.  In an article entitled, ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ International Posters Get Some Noteworthy Changes.  Allison Keene writes:

In the posters below, you’ll notice that the big block lettering has been removed, and replaced with a more standard logo for the movie. And instead of being identified as “Solo,” Han is now just Han. Those are fairly minor changes, and not surprising given the potential lawsuit, but there’s another noteworthy adjustment — no guns. If you’re wondering why Han looks so weird it’s because his arm was moved down and his gun taken away, resulting in a very odd pose. Qi’ra and Lando come out looking fine, though Chewie now looks like he’s having a class photo taken

Some apologists are defending these posters, by saying that they’re for international markets.  According to them, European and other international markets can not show people holding guns whether real or imaginary on movie posters.

This changes nothing, because the motivation for doing this remains the same.

The international markets that don’t allow depictions of people holding guns on movie posters, are dictated by governments which are run by people who have the very same SJW mentality.  In essence, Lucasfilm is appeasing foreign SJW bureaucrats.

Alex continues:

“Not only that, but the posters being compared are from two completely different countries.”

So what?  Whether or not the two posters in question are from two completely different countries or not, means less than nothing.  The political motivation for removing the weapons in the Brazilian posters, is the exact same political motivation that wrote Rose Tico’s anti-gun lecture in The Last Jedi.  More on that later.

Alex continues:

“So, no poster was ever changed.  The quote unquote original poster is in Spanish, and the supposedly changed poster is in Portuguese.”  

The fact that one poster was in Spanish while the other was in Portuguese doesn’t serve as any kind of evidence that the posters weren’t changed, so I’m not sure why Alex would make that point.  Of course they were changed.  One had weapons, one didn’t.  Alex contends that they changed the posters to suit different markets, but the reality is that they changed the posters to suit political agendas.  More on that later.  But the reasons for the change, doesn’t erase the fact that it is still a change.  If I’m sitting at Photoshop, and I have a picture of Han Solo pointing a gun in a PSD file, I have to change something to get his arm to hang down without a blaster in his hand.  That’s a change.

Alex continues:

“So rest assured, this change [air quotes] has nothing to do with gun violence in the United States.  It might have something to do with gun violence in Brazil, I just don’t know.”

I do know.  Sometime around March 24th or 25th, I emailed Alex a link to this follow up post.  In it I discuss a purported response from Disney on this matter:

Stephen M. Colbert from ScreenRant states that the blaster-less posters are specifically for Brazil:

First of all, the posters arent for the United States. They’re posters for Brazil. Brazil has had its own recent national debate over firearms, but that’s not even the reason their posters look different. Screen Rant has spoken with Disney about the posters in question and they’ve verified that the posters are specific to Brazil, and they are likely that way because Brazil is trying to push a more family-friendly image for Solo (or “Han Solo” as it’s marketed there) in that region. The posters aren’t distributed in the US, and the change has nothing to do with the gun issues in the US.

That’s really quite interesting, if that’s what Disney is claiming.  Because according to an article entitled, People Are Ready to Buy Some Guns in the World’s Murder Capital, written on March 20th 2018 by David Biller at Bloomberg:

Desperate Brazilians are wondering whether they’d be better off armed, given that around 60,000 of their compatriots are killed each year. Polls show support for gun ownership gaining ground. In an election year, politicians are paying attention.

“Everyday, everywhere you look, the criminal is armed with a high-powered weapon as the citizen tries to hide,” Rogerio Peninha Mendonca, the lawmaker behind the proposal, said in an interview. “What we want is for the citizen to be more capable of defending himself.”

The idea runs counter to recent calls in the U.S. for greater gun control, as well as the global trend towards restricting access to firearms that’s seen Australia, the U.K, Canada, New Zealand and Germany tighten their laws in recent decades.

Forty-two percent of Brazilians believe gun ownership is a citizen’s right, according to a November survey by pollster Datafolha. That’s up from 30 percent four years earlier. And of the lower house lawmakers who have expressed opinions publicly, slightly more than half support the proposed legislation, according to a scoreboard maintained by Peninha’s staff.

Stephen M. Colbert at ScreenRant continues:

Second, the “changes” to the posters aren’t actually changing anything. The controversy is mostly based on the comparison of two sets of posters (example above) that appear identical other than the fact that one set features the characters with guns and the other doesn’t. Not only were these posters released at about the same time, but the posters in question are the first Solo posters for Brazil, meaning it’s impossible for them to have been “changed” as there were no previous Brazillian posters to change from. The only reason people think they were changed is because they’re comparing them to the Spanish posters, where the characters all still have blasters. The casual eye may not be able to differentiate between Spanish and Portuguese, but it’s clear they’re different languages as one movie is titled Han Solo: Una Historia de Star Wars and the other is Han Solo: Uma História de Star Wars. Other words are also different, such as the Spanish “cines” and the Portuguese “cinemas.”

Nonsense.  If the posters really were specifically for Brazil, then they were changed (or customized if you prefer that word) to appease like-minded SJW bureaucrats in Brazil who oppose loosening their guns laws in the midst of a contentious public debate.  The last thing they want to do, is give their political opposition potential inspiration through a movie like Solo.

It’s worth noting that Stephen M. Colbert doesn’t really supply any direct quotes or official statements from Disney, only claiming that they’ve “spoken with Disney.”

So in fact, the posters were changed to appease the same “liberal agenda” in the firearms debate in Brazil.  Disney’s purported statement is questionable given the political realities of the situation.  It’s possible that my email to Star Wars Explained fell into his spam folder, but I haven’t seen any corrections or updates on this matter from Star Wars Explained since.

Alex continued:

“But even if these were American posters, I would have the same reaction, and that would be; who cares?  It’s not like they’re going to go through, and remove all of the blasters from Solo digitally.”

Why not?  They removed the guns in E.T. The Extraterrestrial.  And 80% of the Solo film was reshot.  That leaves significant room for such changes, digitally or otherwise.

Additionally, Gareth Edwards has stated that Lucasfilm ordered extensive reshoots of his version of Rogue Onebecause they were unhappy with the darker grittier wartime documentary style of the film.  So making such changes would fall within the known spectrum of Lucafilm’s actions, if Gareth’s account is to be believed.

Alex continued:

“To steal a joke from Wookiepedia left on my Twitter about this topic, yeah, Star Wars is rebranding itself into Star Peace.  It’s absurd to make that kind of assumption based on international posters, and marketing that you clearly did not take even a second to fully research or comprehend before you cranked out a video on it.”

How about making that assumption based on the statements made by Laura Dern:

“In their minds, and in their understanding of the origin story, we know that she was a true rebel in the Resistance, and in our culture we might have called her a hippie,” Dern tells EW. “But she was longing for peace, and a revolutionary in that way, and wanted to be trained by and led by Leia, who taught her everything she knew. She wanted to come up in the ranks to support Leia’s mission, but also had this otherworldly side that does involve the Force.”

“Yeah, her primary goal was to protect the light, to protect the Force, and to keep the revolutionaries alive,” Dern tells EW. “And I think the film speaks so beautifully to that with this last image of the next generation of the Resistance, you know?”

And there was also this:

“Holdo’s homeworld, Gatalenta, is essentially a planet of space hippies, studying astrology, meditating and valuing serenity above all things.”

So how absurd is it to consider the possibility, that a franchise which creates a hippie peacenik character as a commanding vice admiral, might rebrand itself as Star Peace?  After all, this new character values serenity above all things.

At one point in Alex’s video, he calls out another YouTuber for admitting that “he doesn’t know.”  Yet Alex himself in his own video admits that he just doesn’t know if the posters have anything to do with gun violence in Brazil.  He admonishes the other YouTuber for reacting on incomplete information, yet Alex is doing much the same in his own video without any knowledge of the political debate over guns raging in Brazil, or of the larger political agendas which cross national boundaries in our global 21st Century world.  All one had to do was watch the recent Oscars to understand that the people in this industry are politically motivated in absolutely everything they do.

If you’re going to take it upon yourself as a self-appointed authority figure to lecture others about reactionary behavior, then it would behoove you to do your own research into matters outside of Star Wars.  The world is a big place, and many things influence the actions of movie studios and the actions of the individuals running them; politics in particular. Failing to do this could likewise be considered irresponsible.

Alex hopes the other YouTuber learns a lesson from all of this.  How magnanimous of him.  But frankly the other YouTuber did nothing wrong in my opinion.  He reacted to information that was given to him in an honest manner.  He cautioned his viewers that the article may or may not be legit.  He allowed for the possibility that he could be wrong on this.  There’s nothing irresponsible about that whatsoever.  In fact, offering those warnings was very responsible.  He didn’t pass himself off as some know-it-all with confirmed concrete information.  And many folks turn to crowds of people for research.  It’s called crowdsourcing.  Thousands of eyes can find more than just two.  So I’m not sure what lesson he has to learn here, or indeed that Alex has any lesson to teach him.  In fact it’s the other YouTuber’s raw honesty that makes his videos far more compelling to watch than listening to the recitations of well-rehearsed propagandists.

But at the end of the day, hopefully Alex learns a much needed lesson of his own here.  And that lesson is that Alex has the exact same stinky brown hole as every other human being on the planet.  Remember, self-appointed know-it-all authority and massive stupidity always walks hand in hand.  Because a truly thinking person understands that no one on Earth knows it all.  Not anyone.

UPDATE:

And after all of that, the United States character posters end up having the same blasterless images as Jeremy from Geeks + Gamers pointed out:

UPDATE:

Interestingly, the international Brazilian market that the blasterless posters were supposed to appeal to, performed the worst out of the Top 10 box office territories, according to the-numbers.com:

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While the box office territory that performed best, had blasters in their posters, which can be read about here.

 

Anonymous Actor Spills The Beans On Solo

Chris Lee from Vulture interviews an anonymous actor from the Solo set in a piece entitled, Solo: A Star Wars Story Actor Shares New Details About the Troubled Production.

He writes:

Vulture spoke to an actor who worked on Solo — for four months under the direction of Miller and Lord last year, and beginning in October with Howard — who provided a blow-by-blow. Although not one of the film’s marquee stars, this source was in a prime position to observe the directors’ contrasting on-set modi operandi. And according to his description, the production was divided into two distinct chapters: one disorganized and chaotic, the other controlled and efficient.

This runs in stark contrast to previous statements made publicly by the cast.

“Obviously, it was a surprise. I love Phil and Chris — everybody loves Phil and Chris — they’re so brilliant.” ~Thandie Newton

“I will tell you this much though,” Williams adds. “What saddens me most is I was very proud of the work that I did. What I believe I have created with Emilia Clarke and Woody Harrelson and Alden [Ehrenreich, who plays Solo]… I thought it was some great work. We was on the spaceship, and we all had these amazing scenes together, and I thought it was a great opportunity, and I thought it was some great stuff. It’s unfortunate the world won’t get to see it.” ~Michael K Williams

So who’s telling the truth here?

The Vulture interview continues:

Vulture’s source, who declined to be identified because he is not authorized to publicly discuss the movie at this time, felt Lord and Miller were out of their depth, more cut out for light comedy — like The Lego Movie and 2012’s big-screen adaptation of 21 Jump Street, the movies for which the pair earned their reputation for delivering surprise hits — than the kind of big-budget, galaxy-questing action that Lucasfilm required.

Which is interesting, given that this also runs contrary to statements made by Jon Kasdan, who remarks that the screenplay specifically contained comedy.

For screenwriters and father-son duo Lawrence and Jon Kasdan, the film’s roots are heavily vested in one of the most central relationships in the universe’s mythology: the friendship between Han and Chewbacca (played in “Solo” by Joonas Suotamo). “To me, this is a love story between Han and Chewie,” the younger Kasdan told the outlet. “Their relationship has always been my favorite part of the saga, and the fact that only Han understands what Chewie is saying, I find a very funny possibility for comedy.”

The Vulture interview continues:

To hear our source tell it, the main difference between the co-directors’ filmmaking style and Howard’s boiled down to efficiency. Where Lord and Miller would typically demand more than 30 takes of a given scene — seemingly unsure of what they wanted other than a delivery “different” from the last — Howard got the job done in no more than two or three takes. “Phil and Chris are good directors, but they weren’t prepared for Star Wars,” says our source. “After the 25th take, the actors are looking at each other like, ‘This is getting weird.’ [Lord and Miller] seemed a bit out of control. They definitely felt the pressure; with one of these movies, there are so many people on top of you all the time. The first assistant director was really experienced and had to step in to help them direct a lot of scenes.” (Joy Fehily, a spokesperson for Miller and Lord says: “This information is completely inaccurate,” but declined to cite specific inaccuracies. She also declined to make the directors available for an interview.)

And it took 80% of the film to be completed before Kathleen Kennedy figured this out?  Were it just Lord & Miller that were let go, I might buy this.  But given Lucasfilm’s track record with directors under Kathleen Kennedy, I don’t.

In addition to shooting dozens of takes, which slowed the pace of filming, the two failed to compel the desired performance from their leading man. In March 2017 the studio took the nearly unprecedented move of hiring an acting coach to help star Alden Ehrenreich more convincingly channel Ford’s swashbuckling affect in the original three Star Wars movies.

But who’s fault is that?  Watching the following clip, Lord & Miller don’t look too pleased with being forced to take Kathleen Kennedy’s hand picked choice for the Han Solo role:

And if they were going to reshoot in part because of Alden’s poor performance, why not replace him?  They did it with Back to the Future.

Heck, the biggest challenge the film faces is convincing people that the new actor is Han Solo.  They had a Force Doppelganger of Harrison Ford in the way of Anthony Ingruber ready to go.  The counterargument is that just because Ingruber could do a Ford impression, didn’t mean that he could act.  But look where they ended up anyway with Alden if the rumors about acting coaches are to be believed?

So, are the reshoots quantitatively making Solo a better movie? 

I suspect that’s exactly what this interview with the anonymous actor is meant to make fans believe.  Of course none of this matters, because people will still be able to see what Disney puts up on screen.

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The proof is in the pudding.

He also points out that the financial underperformance of the last Star Wars installment — which fell $200 million short of analysts’ predictions, according to The Wall Street Journal — has incentivized the studio to make the Force strong with this one. “They have to make [Solo] good after The Last Jedididn’t make as much money as expected,” he says. “If they want to keep making Star Wars movies, it has to be good.”

Really?  Because we keep getting told how spectacular The Last Jedi did at the box office.

UPDATE:

Chris Miller responds:

Maybe don’t believe everything you read

— Chris Miller (@chrizmillr) March 27, 2018

Indeed.

Latest Solo Banner Evokes The Partridge Family

James Burns from jedinews.co.uk shows us the new Solo banner:

The colors on individual posters look okay, but presented like this it reminds me of a combination of the letters in the LIFE Cereal logo, and some of the old Partridge Family marketing material.

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Whoa, the colors…

From the material that’s been released so far, we can surmise that a big chunk of the plot for Solo involves a train heist.  Given the film’s connection to the old westerns in that regard, is there not one designer at Lucasfilm that thought to come up with some type of wanted posters for the characters?

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Apparently too obvious.

Solo: A Love Triangle Story, With a Half-Human/Half-Mountain Lion Twist

Lawrence Mozafari from Digital Spy reports on a conversation with Michael K Williams, who was cast in the Solo movie, but replaced with Paul Bettany when Ron Howard took the film over from Lord & Miller:

Speaking to Sirius XM’s Jim and Sam Show, Michael explained his character was “half mountain lion, half human” and was competing with Han Solo for the affections of Qi’Ra (Emilia Clarke).

“He was extremely sophisticated. Very rich. He’d been around the world, older guy, and it was sort of a love triangle between Emilia Clarke’s character, Qi’ra, and the young Han Solo.

“Not where it was overtly a love triangle, but there was definitely some pissing contest going on for the girl’s attention. And [Vos] is old and [Han] is younger so it was that thing also going on, like, ‘Young buck, I’ve been around the world.’ But he’s like, ‘The young chick wants the young buck.’

“So there was a little bit of that energy going on. But the relationship on paper was definitely with Qi’ra and Han Solo.”

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Cat fight!

Before Luke discovered that Leia was his sister, there was a bit of a love triangle between the Big Three in the Original Trilogy.  And some have suggested that there was also a downplayed love triangle between the three primary players in the Prequel Series.  So this wouldn’t really be anything new in Star Wars.

Also, we’ve seen multiple science fiction properties depict human/alien relationships.  So that too really isn’t anything new.

But this is Lucasfilm in the Disney era.   Williams does state that the love triangle wasn’t overt, but that was the Lord & Miller version that he worked on, and all of his scenes in that had to be reshot.  Who knows what the Ron Howard version holds in store.

Meet Lucasfilm’s Next Ex-Employee: Jon Favreau

Previously, JJ Abrams was quoted as saying,

“I know that Kathy Kennedy is deeply aware of and actively working to do the right thing in this regard,” responded Abrams. “There’s no question that ‘Star Wars’ will benefit from the women writers and directors that will inevitably be telling those stories, too.”

“And I cannot wait to see and I just know that the stories that will be told in that universe from a more diverse set of writers and directors will be thrilling and the best chapters in that story. I know that is something that Kathy is actively working on.”

But the big news on International Women’s Day, aside from an amusing anecdote, was that Disney Lucasfilm had announced it was hiring Iron Man director John Favreau to write and produce a live action Star Wars TV series.  Lucasfilm stated:

Certainly, Jon Favreau is a very fine choice based on merit.  So predictably, there was a great SJW gnashing of teeth throughout the internet:

‘Star Wars’ Fans Divided After Jon Favreau Hired for Live-Action Series

TWITTER SLAMS LUCASFILM FOR PICKING ANOTHER WHITE MALE, JON FAVREAU, TO SPEARHEAD

The ‘Star Wars’ Live-Action TV Show Hired A White Male Writer On International Women’s Day & Fans Have Some… Thoughts

‘Star Wars’ Fails Once Again To Hire A Director Who Isn’t A White Man

‘Star Wars’: Lucasfilm’s False Promise for Behind-the-Scenes Diversity Continues With Jon Favreau TV Series

Why people are angry ‘Iron Man’ director Jon Favreau is writing a live-action ‘Star Wars’ show

‘Star Wars’ Fans Bummed Jon Favreau Hired on International Women’s Day: ‘Another Straight White Dude’?

Why some fans are frustrated with the latest ‘Star Wars’ announcement

Jon Favreau Star Wars TV Series Slammed on International Women’s Day

Jon Favreau ‘Star Wars’ News on International Women’s Day Gets Blowback

‘Star Wars’ Fans Bummed Jon Favreau Hired on International Women’s Day: ‘Another Straight White Dude’?

‘Star Wars’ Diversity Problem: Kathleen Kennedy Is Her Own Worst Enemy

Why?  Because being both white and male is a cardinal sin amongst the SJW ignorati, as is being heterosexual apparently.  The fact that female person of color Ava DuVernay (the SJW favorite for directing Star Wars) just wasn’t interested, probably added fuel to this fire.

Now, Lucasfilm announced Favreau as a writer and executive producer, rather than a director.  It’s likely that Favreau may write and direct the pilot, but it’s also very likely that the show will have a collection of different directors and writers for each episode, as televisions shows often do.  That of course opens the door for multiple non white straight male directors and writers.  But don’t bother the collective with facts when they have emotional spittle to throw in your direction.

But let’s step back here for a moment and take a good look at some of Jon Favreau’s credits.

He’s served as director on the first two Iron Man movies and as executive producer on all three.  He’s served as executive producer on Avengers films.  He was director and executive producer on Cowboys and Aliens.  He has acted in Batman Forever, Swingers, Very Bad Things, the Hercules TV Series, The Sopranos, The Replacements, Elf, John Carter, The Wolf of Wall Street, Spiderman Homecoming, among other things.

So when we look at Jon Favreau’s filmography as a whole, there doesn’t appear to be a whole lot of overtly feminist material in it.  And that’s probably the real source of the beef that SJWs have with this choice.

So I predict, that like Josh Trank, and like Lord & Miller, and like Colin Trevorrow, that Jon Favreau too will get the boot at some point.   I make this prediction based on two primary criteria:

  1. Unlike Lucasfilm’s likely refusal to address the real backlash and concerns expressed by fans, Lucasfilm will likely to cave into the demands of SJWs whose barely intelligible rants are getting full media exposure.
  2. I suspect that at some point Jon Favreau’s white masculinity will come into conflict with Kathleen Kennedy’s seething frothing feminism.

So fret not SJW windbags, it’s really only a matter of time before Favreau is replaced.

Favreau

Probably not the white male that Kathleen Kennedy is looking for.

Michael K. Williams Speaks About Solo

I’ve written previously about comments made by the cast and crew of Solo that shed doubt on the rumor that the cast and crew applauded when Lord & Miller were let go.

Now comes another such comment that casts doubt on the notion that the cast and crew applauded Lord & Miller’s departure from the project.  Indeed, it casts doubt on the notion that Lord & Miller’s work was not up to snuff.

Michael K. Williams tells Entertainment Weekly:

 “I will tell you this much though,” Williams adds. “What saddens me most is I was very proud of the work that I did. What I believe I have created with Emilia Clarke and Woody Harrelson and Alden [Ehrenreich, who plays Solo]… I thought it was some great work. We was on the spaceship, and we all had these amazing scenes together, and I thought it was a great opportunity, and I thought it was some great stuff. It’s unfortunate the world won’t get to see it.”

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Was proud of the great work and amazing scenes he worked on with Lord & Miller.