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Star Wars Han Solo film replaces directors

A note from the world of Star Wars today. The co-directors of the untitled Han Solo film have left the production. The film is still expected to make its May 2018 release date, but no new director has been announced yet.

Update: Ron Howard (Cocoon, Apollo 13) has been tapped by Lucasfilm to be the new director for the last week’s of production and re-shoots.

“Phil Lord and Christopher Miller are talented filmmakers who have assembled an incredible cast and crew, but it’s become clear that we had different creative visions on this film, and we’ve decided to part ways. A new director will be announced soon,” said Kathleen Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm.

“Unfortunately, our vision and process weren’t aligned with our partners on this project. We normally aren’t fans of the phrase ‘creative differences’ but for once this cliché is true. We are really proud of the amazing and world-class work of our cast and crew,” stated Phil Lord and Christopher Miller.

The Han Solo film has been in production since late February 2017, so this isn’t exactly a good thing. But it’s probably better than if the film production had been allowed to continue with a vision that may not have satisfied those who know Star Wars best at Lucasfilm.