After the departure of directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller from the upcoming Han Solo Star Wars movie for creative differences. Lucasfilm has announced that Oscar-winning filmmaker Ron Howard (Willow, The Da Vinci Code) will take over.
“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,” said Kathleen Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm. “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. Filming will resume the 10th of July.”
With three quarters of the shoot already completed, Howard will be in a delicate situation of receiving a cast and crew still shocked by the abrupt firing of Lord and Miller. Howard will work with Kennedy and Lawrence Kasdan to figure out what needs fixing, and will look over a rough cut of the film.
It remains to be seen if Han Solo can keep its May 25, 2018 release date. Depending on what Howard decides to scrap or simply reshoot certain parts. Even last year’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story the film’s extensive reshoots were overseen by an uncredited Tony Gilroy, although director Gareth Edwards remained involved. It seems unlikely that Lord and Miller will remain credited, given the public nature of their removal.