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Ron Howard Takes Helm of Han Solo 'Star Wars' Film

Ron Howard Takes Helm of Han Solo 'Star Wars' Film

Lord and Miller had previously been considered among Hollywood's most sought-after directors, having turned "The Lego Movie" and "21 Jump Street" into unexpected and widely praised comedy hits.

Kathleen Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm, said filming will resume July 10.

"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.

Oscar-winner Howard has been a part of George Lucas' galaxy far, far away for years. They echoed Kennedy's sentiment in an official statement about their departure: "Unfortunately, our vision and process weren't aligned with our partners on this project", they said.

Howard, who won an Academy Award in 2002 for directing A Beautiful Mind, has a history with Star Wars creator George Lucas that dates all the way back to 1973, when Howard appeared in Lucas' film American Graffiti. "We normally aren't fans of the phrase "creative differences" but for once this cliché is true", the directors said in a joint statement Tuesday.




Now that has since been downplayed, and with the billion dollar box office success of that film, Lucasfilm seems to have made the right decision with Gareth Edwards.

Although few details are known about the movie, we do know that Atlanta star Donald Glover will play the young Lando Calrissian, and Woody Harrelson has been cast as unlikely mentor for the pilot and Rebellion hero-to-be.

The film is scheduled to be released on May 25, 2018.

Howard emerged as the frontrunner to replace Lord and Miller soon after the news broke, which suggested that Lucasfilm was looking for an experienced director and a "safe choice" to finish the project.

Now, Howard will be directing a film about a character created by Lucas and played by Ford.


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