Also problematic was the fact the production was at least a month behind schedule.
The replacement, Ron Howard - a longtime friend of George Lucas and the star of Lucas's breakout film "American Graffiti" - is a prestigious director with an impressive list of credits, but his taking the reins ran the risk of giving us a more predictable and staid film.
This tidbit comes courtesy of Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen), who's been doing approximately 30 interviews per day during the lead-up to the world premiere of Solo: A Star Wars Story. One might fear that after all that chaos, the final product could very well be a mess.
"Solo" isn't a Star Wars film with much potential which could fit into a fan boy's obsession with the iconic previous films.
We learn about his meager existence on a dreary, industrial planet where he steals to get by.
The film, which serves as a prequel and shows the story of a young Hans Solo, is released in the United Kingdom today (May 24) and the BFI put together a special screening ahead of its wide release alongside a panel discussion with the films stars, Thandie Newton and Phoebe Waller-Bridge. "I think it's probably more similar to something like the Joker than Batman, because he such a particular character", he said.
Meanwhile, Donald previously insisted he would "love" to play Lando Calrissian again for his own spin-off movie. The good vs. evil aspect of Star Wars is, frankly, kind of boring, and so is the franchise if you think of Luke Skywalker as the hero.
Paul Bettany plays the bad guy, a scarred, elegant crime boss who Beckett is indebted to.
The filmmaker had to shoot 70 per cent of the film, while using footage his predecessors had already filmed.
As time wore on, the odds that this movie stood any prayer of making a positive impact with critics - let alone one of the most passionate fanbases in film - seemed to go from "long" to "infinitesimal". There's a little bit of, "been there, done that", but it's still an entertaining movie that ends with the promise there's much more to come.
Speaking at a USA college in September, Bloys said: "I know in Game of Thrones, the ending, they're going to shoot multiple versions so that nobody really know what happens".