Ehrenreich, who steps in Harrison Ford's shoes to play young Han Solo, told Esquire that a report that the cast and crew applauded the firing of directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller was untrue.
"That's bulls---," Ehrenreich said. "For a crew to do that would mean they hated [Lord and Miller], which was not by any stretch the case."
The actor defended the directors, who were replaced by Ron Howard, saying they merely had a different style, one that was ultimately too improvisational for Lucasfilm.
"That was yielding a different movie than the other factions wanted," he said. "I knew what I was doing, but in terms of what that adds up to, you're so in the dark as an actor. You don't know what it's shaping up to be, how they're editing it, so it's kind of impossible without having seen those things to know what the difference [of opinion] was, or exactly what created those differences."
Changing a director in the middle of production is unheard of, but Ehrenreich's trepidation was soon relieved by Howard's morale-boosting professionalism.
"He knew how to navigate a tricky situation, and almost from the first or second day everybody pretty quickly recharged and got excited again about the movie," he said.
And it may not be the actor's last as Han Solo. Ehrenreich revealed that he signed on for three movies.
"I don't know if that's officially, uh, public," he said.
Of course, a three-picture deal is pretty standard; "Rogue One" star Felicity Jones also signed on for three movies.
"Solo: A Star Wars Story" opens in theaters May 25.
Young Han Solo finds adventure when he joins a gang of galactic smugglers, including a 196-year-old Wookie named Chewbacca. Indebted to the gangster Dryden Vos, the crew devises a daring plan to travel to the mining planet Kessel to steal a batch of valuable coaxium. In need of a fast ship, Solo meets Lando Calrissian, the suave owner of the perfect vessel for the dangerous mission -- the Millennium Falcon. Read More