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The long-awaited Solo: A Star Wars Story has finally landed in cinemas across the country, and whilst many fans argue whether the film is necessary or not, the film has finally cemented its place in the Star Wars anthology.
Interestingly enough considering everything else that has come before it, Solo is reportedly the most expensive film of the entire franchise, even surpassing The Force Awakens.
In a report by Variety, Solo has a production cost of more than $250 million compared to The Force Awakens $245 million.
Owing to the multiple reshoots that plagued the film during its gestation period, it isn’t hard to see how that number could have escalated to this figure.
By comparison, other recent Star Wars movies’ production values came in between $200 to $219 million for Rogue One and The Last Jedi. Even the original Star Wars only cost $11 million to produce, which, when adjusted for inflation, equates to around $45 million.
So, just why exactly has Solo cost so darn much?
According to Variety, Ron Howard, who was drafted in as a replacement following the departures of Phil Lord and Chris Miller, was expected to reshoot some 70% of the movie. Due to the extensive amounts of reshoots that had to be done, the principal photography schedule had to be extended by a further four months. The production time was effectively doubled, and, due to scheduling conflicts, Michael K. Williams was forced to leave his role. Thankfully, the studio was able to recast the role with Paul Bettany on-board instead.
It all adds up, you know.
Directed by Ron Howard, and starring Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo, Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian, Emilia Clarke as Qi’ra, Joonas Suotamo as Chewbacca, Thandie Newton as Val, Paul Bettany as Dryden Vos and Woody Harrelson as Tobias Beckett, Solo: A Star Wars Story is currently in cinemas nationwide.