Two days ago came the announcement that filmmakers Phil Lord and Chris Miller had been let go from the untitled “Star Wars” spin-off feature about a young Han Solo. This morning comes word of his replacement – Ron Howard.
First rumoured as a frontrunner yesterday, THR this morning reported that the “Apollo 13” and “The Da Vinci Code” helmer is all set to take over the film which was three-quarters of the way through principal photography and has only three-and-a-half weeks left of main filming to go. Within an hour, an official statement arrived at StarWars.Com confirming the news.
After two years of being linked to the project, and with four-and-a-half months of shooting completed, Lord and Miller abruptly left due to creative differences between themselves, scribe Lawrence Kasdan and Lucasfilm’s Kathleen Kennedy over style and tone of the new film.
The near-unprecedented late departure has sent shockwaves through Hollywood, and Howard will reportedly meet with the film’s cast to soothe a rattled set and go over a rough edit to see what the project has and still needs. Howard is a Hollywood veteran and a widely considered to be a safe choice to complete the film in a timely manner.
In a statement, Kennedy says: “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.”
A further five weeks of reshoots had already been scheduled in before Lord & Miller’s departure. Whether that will be expanded is unclear at this time. The movie is still slated for a May 25th 2018 release.
“Star Wars: The Last Jedi” director has also weighed in a bit following a fan asking him about his level of creative control on his “Star Wars” film to which he replied: “I had as much creative control on TLJ as I’ve ever had on any of my own movies.”