It goes without saying that between its official announcement and when it lands on the big screen for the first time come May 25, Disney’s second standalone Star Wars film titled Solo: A Star Wars Story has seen its fair share of rough patches. Entertainment Weekly’s latest article in their exclusive coverage of Solo examines the time period that existed from when directors Chris Miller and Phil Lord were initially announced for the project to when Lucasfilm decided to part ways with them and bring on Ron Howard as their replacement.

“I just say over and over again that, yes, it was an incredibly difficult decision that we had to make and obviously it was pretty late in the game, which shows we spent a lot of time trying not to have to make that decision,” says Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy. “And I think both Chris and Phil are enormously talented and incredibly funny. When all of this came together, all of us wanted nothing more than to have this be an incredible working experience. And when it was not working out as we had all hoped, it wasn’t out of lack of talent.”

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