It’s Official! Ron Howard takes over as Han Solo director!!!
In the wake of the departure of directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller from the upcoming Han Solo Star Wars movie, Lucasfilm has officially announced that Oscar-winning filmmaker Ron Howard (A Beautiful Mind, The Da Vinci Code) will take over the troubled project. He was on a very short list of filmmakers that also included the film’s screenwriter and Star Wars vet Lawrence Kasdan (Silverado, Dreamcatcher) -who may have been denied the job due to DGA regulations- and original Star Wars trilogy designer Joe Johnston (The Rocketeer, Captain America: The First Avenger). “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 the unprecedented situation of taking over a film three-quarters through shooting, Howard will be placed in the delicate situation of inheriting a cast and crew still rattled by the abrupt firing of Lord and Miller, whose directing style and tonal ideas earned the ire of Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy. Howard will work with Kennedy and screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan to figure out what needs fixing, and will look over a rough cut of the film and meet with the cast this week. Just three weeks were left of the film’s principal photography, with five weeks of reshoots already built into the schedule for later this year. It remains to be seen how the situation will evolve, and whether Han Solo can keep its previously-announced May 25, 2018 release date. A lot will depend on whether Howard decides to scrap most-or-all of what’s been shot, or simply reshoot certain sections. #HanSolo #StarWars #WoodyHarrelson #MichaelKWilliams #AldenEhrenreich #DonaldGlover #EmileClarke #LucasFilms #Disney #RonHoward