Fired Han Solo Directors Had Reportedly Turned Character Into Ace Ventura

Gregory Wakeman - Author

Dec. 4 2017, Updated 12:29 a.m. ET

The movie world is still in shock following Lucasfilm’s decision to suddenly fire Chris Miller and Phil Lord from directing the still untitled Han Solo film. A number of rumors have since emerged speculating about why the filmmakers were let go by Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, with the latest allegation suggesting that the duo had somehow managed to turn the character of Han Solo into a comedic creation akin to Jim Carrey’s Ace Ventura.

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Originally it was reported that Chris Miller and Phil Lord had dramatically fallen out with Han Solo’s co-writer Lawrence Kasdan, which then resulted in Kathleen Kennedy siding with the Empire Strikes Back and Return Of The Jedi writer over the pair. But the latest speculation is that it was actually Han Solo’s leading actor, Alden Ehrenreich, that raised concerns about how Phil Lord and Chris Miller were directing the film. Phil Lord and Chris Miller were apparently using such a zany approach to film Han Solo that the film’s incarnation of the character was similar to that of Jim Carrey’s outlandish efforts as Ace Ventura.

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“[Alden Ehrenreich] started to worry that Lord & Miller’s screwball comedy angle was starting to interfere with what the character of Han Solo is really about, even if this was a younger, more reckless take on the character than the one we met in that Cantina on Tatooine. One source described it as being oddly comparable to Jim Carrey’s performance in Ace Ventura at times.”

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