A few days ago, we reported that LEGO Movie directing duo, Chris Miller and Phil Lord had awkwardly parted way (ahem, they were fired, ahem) with the new Han Solo movie spin-off project. Since then, rumors have been rife over who’ll be stepping into their shoes – and we finally have a name!
Lord and Miller departed from the project after ‘creative differences’ with LucasFilm head, Kathleen Kennedy, who stands by her strategic and practical directorial style that Disney welcomes – while Miller and Lord prefer their own, improvisational style. However, Kennedy now seems to have found the perfect match, Ron Howard.
Ron Howard is one of the most celebrated directors in Hollywood and has helmed movies like A Beautiful Mind, Apollo 13 and Splash. Although he hasn’t previously worked on a Star Wars movie before – this won’t be the first time Howard has partnered up with LucasFilm. In 1998, Howard directed George Lucas’s pet fantasy project, Willo, and was actually asked by Lucas himself to direct Star Wars: Phantom Menace back in 1999.
Kathleen Kennedy released a press statement announcing the new recruit:
At LucasFilm, we believe the highest goal of each film is to delight, carrying forward the spirit of saga that George Lucas began forty years ago.
Ooooh, is that a dig at Miller and Lord?
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 good movie.
Now the position has been confirmed, Howard is due to meet with the spin-offs’ cast – consisting of Donald Glover, Alden Ehrenreich, Woody Harrelson, Thandie Newton and Emilia Clarke – to look over the filming that has already taken place and work out where they need to go from there. Filming of the Han Solo movie is due to resume on 10 July, with a release date set for 25 May 2018.