The modern age means that every piece of a movie’s development is put under a microscope. At the first hint that there is something wrong behind the scenes, everyone jumps to conclusions. This was the case for Solo: A Star Wars Story, but that wasn’t the first time one its stars had been on the set of a troubled production. While being interviewed by Vanity Fair, Emilia Clarke talked about being on the set of Terminator Genisys and it being so bad the crew of the most recent Fantastic Four, which was also a very troubled production, felt like they could make cheap jokes.
Solo wasn’t the first troubled blockbuster to test Clarke’s resilience. If anything, the production of 2015’s Terminator Genisys was more chaotic. She watched frequent Thrones director Alan Taylor get “eaten and chewed up on Terminator. He was not the director I remembered. He didn’t have a good time. No one had a good time.” When the film underperformed at the box office, she was “relieved” to not have to return for any sequels. News of the rocky production traveled, and Clarke says the crew on the famously disastrous Fantastic Four, which was filming nearby, even had jackets made that read, AT LEAST WE’RE NOT ON TERMINATOR. “Just to give you a summary,” she says, laughing.
Thus far it sounds like critics are being much kinder to Solo: A Star Wars Story than they were to Terminator Genisys, so at least that is working out in Clarke’s favor this time around.
Summary: During an adventure into a dark criminal underworld, Han Solo meets his future copilot Chewbacca and encounters Lando Calrissian years before joining the Rebellion.
Solo: A Star Wars Story, directed by Ron Howard, stars Alden Ehrenreich, Emilia Clarke, Donald Glover, Woody Harrelson, and Thandie Newton. It will be released May 25th.