While it is still a surprise to hear the news of Phil Lord and Chris Miller departing from the untitled Han Solo standalone film, Lucasfilm won’t be sweating it too long as they already have a new director.
Ron Howard has been brought in to finish directing the latest addition to the Star Wars film series.
Confirmed in a statement from Kathleen Kennedy, she said, “At Lucasfilm, we believe the highest goal of each film is to delight, carrying forward the spirit of the saga that George Lucas began forty years ago. With that in mind, we’re thrilled to announce that Ron Howard will step in to direct the untitled Han Solo film. We have a wonderful script, an incredible cast and crew, and the absolute commitment to make a great movie.”
Lord and Miller left the project earlier this week because of that ever familiar term, “creative differences.” The directing duo had different approaches to the style and tone of the film than from screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan, but Kennedy and the studio backed the long established writer.
What’s worth noting is that filming has been going on for about four-and-a-half months and is nearly three-quarters through filming principal photography. Howard we all know is no stranger to big films and tricky situations on a set, but this is something completely different and could provide to be a challenging task. We’ll just have to wait and see.
Howard will meet with the cast and look over what all had been previously shot before production resumes on July 10.
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