Thandie Newton On ‘Solo’ Director Change, Praises Collaboration

Actress Thandie Newton, in an article posted on Entertainment Weekly, touched on the subject of Ron Howard assuming the directorial duties for Solo: A Star Wars Story from previous directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller. In the piece, she states that much of the work Lord and Miller had done remains in the finished film, which included almost all of her filmed scenes. Newton also went on to say that the film is “dope” and “so cool” and praises the collaboration between the crew and her fellow cast members.

With filming on the standalone complete, Solo is set to arrive in theaters May 25, 2018.

“Obviously, it was a surprise,” says Newton of the [director] switch. “I love Phil and Chris — everybody loves Phil and Chris — they’re so brilliant. Ron and the guys were talking to each other. As far as I’m concerned what’s on screen, in the end, is going to be an amazing collaboration. It’s a massive piece. We see so often now there are two directors working on pictures. We already had two with Phil and Chris. Now there’s three. With a project like that where it’s a vision that’s been created over so many years, that’s so expansive, I think it’s less about things going wrong than getting more help to bring it into the best position it can be in. I really like Ron though, he’s very sweet. And [the film is] dope; it’s so cool! And it’s such a great cast with Phoebe [Waller-Bridge], [Alden] Ehrenreich, Donald Glover, Woody [Harrelson] and, of course, you know the wonderful Game of Thrones angel, Emilia [Clarke].”