Lucasfilm Ltd. has found the replacement for directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller.
Lord and Miller left Untitled Han Solo film over creative differences between them and producers, Kathleen Kennedy & Lawrence Kasdan.
American actor and filmmaker, Ron Howard takes the helm of the project.
President of Lucasfilm, Kathleen Kennedy provides a statement: “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. Filming will resume the 10th of July.”
Howard is best known for playing two high-profile roles in television sitcoms (The Andy Griffith Show & Happy Days) in his youth and directing a number of successful feature films later in his career.
He is known for directing Cocoon (1985), Apollo 13 (1995), A Beautiful Mind (2001), The Da Vinci Code (2006), Rush (2013) and Inferno (2016).
Taking over a film which has done over three-quarters of shooting and more five weeks of shooting remaining, Howard will work with Kennedy and screenwriters Lawrence Kasdan and Jon Kasdan to finish up the remaining parts of the film. He will probably take a look at the previously filmed footage to get an idea of the film.
This means getting more time out of the cast who might have other projects, we will see how this situation will be handled, we will soon find out more.
The cast includes Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo: A cynical smuggler, Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian, Thandie Newton, and Phoebe Waller-Bridge, with Joonas Suotamo as Chewbacca.
The untitled Han Solo Star Wars Story is scheduled to release on May 25, 2018.