Ron Howard Signed up to Direct the Han Solo Standalone Film

Posted 2017/06/22 0 0

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the company has announced that Ron Howard will be taking over the film, and will meet with the cast to get production rolling again.


Ron Howard will be stepping in to direct the upcoming Han Solo spinoff "Star Wars" film two days after Lord and Miller were sensationally fired over “creative differences” with the film’s producers, Lucasfilm announced on Thursday.

"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," Kathleen Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm, said in a statement. "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."

The announcement that he will take the reins of the Han Solo film comes after months of conflict between Kennedy, who is also a producer on the movie, and Lord and Miller. After the duo's departure, Kennedy described them as "talented filmmakers" but said they had "different creative visions" to the Lucasfilm team.

The firing sent shockwaves around Hollywood and beyond as the movie was about three-quarters through principal photography and the replacement of a director at that stage is near-unprecedented. The movie was scheduled to shoot for three and a half more weeks, with five weeks of reshoots built into the schedule, the latter a standard procedure on large franchise productions.

Howard, sources tell The Hollywood Reporter, will meet with the actors, Alden Ehrenreich is playing the iconic smuggler, Donald Glover is playing Lando Calrissian, with Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke and Thandie Newton also on the roll call, to soothe a rattled set and will pore over a rough edit to see what the project needs. Filming will resume on July 10.

Howard, 63, is seen very much as a safe pair of hands, although his last two features, Da Vinci Code follow-up Inferno and the Herman Melville-esque In the Heart of the Sea were significant financial disappointments. However, he is the winner of the best director Oscar for A Beautiful Mind in 2002, and directed the 1988 fantasy Willow for Lucasfilm (as well as appearing in George Lucas’ second feature, American Graffitti, in 1973).

The still-untitled Han Solo film is still expected to hit theaters in May 25th, 2018.