Following the firing of co-directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller from the upcoming Han Solo film, Lucasfilm has turned to director Ron Howard to helm the Star Wars film.
Lucasfilm announced their decision to hire Howard as the new director today.
“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.”
Howard will likely look over what’s been shot already before they decide on any reshoots. Howard has previously won the Oscar for directing A Beautiful Mind, which also won Best Picture. The only other film he directed that was nominated was Frost/Nixon.
The film is currently scheduled for a May 25, 2018 release date. It’s hard to argue that there won’t be a slight delay with the release even though Howard’s a pro at filmmaking. There are likely questions about what type of film Lord and Miller were trying to shoot–what worked, what didn’t.