Han Solo: Lucasfilm Unhappy With Alden Ehrenreich's Performance, Hired Acting Coach

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Lucasfilm hired an acting coach for Alden Ehrenreich, as they were not happy with the performance he was giving. Am I surprised? Sadly, not. He was a standout in the Coen Brothers' "Hail, Caesar," but ever since then, Ehrenreich hasn't impressed me in the least bit. First in "Rules Don't Apply," I found his performance was undercooked and not involving at all and then at this year's Sundance Film Festival he starred in the Iraq-War movie "The Yellow Birds," which was considered by many, including myself, as one of the worst films in competiton. Ehrenreich's performance? very underwhelming, no charisma and just plain boredom in his delivery. So, sadly enough, I can see Dsney's concerns here ....

Here's [The Wrap]
"Matters were coming to a head in May as the production moved from London to the Canary Islands. Lucasfilm replaced editor Chris Dickens (Macbeth) with Oscar-winner Pietro Scalia, a veteran of Ridley Scott films including Alien: Covenant and The Martian. And, not entirely satisfied with the performance that the directors were eliciting from Rules Don't Apply star Alden Ehrenreich, Lucasfilm decided to bring in an acting coach. (Hiring a coach is not unusual; hiring one that late in production is.) Lord and Miller suggested writer-director Maggie Kiley, who worked with them on 21 Jump Street."

Also, supposedly, Lord and Miller turned the character of Han Solo into an Ace Ventura-like slapstick character! Oh, how I wish that version of the film was released ...
[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.