Two days after announcing that its production of the second Star Wars anthology film, based on the young Han Solo character, would be parting ways with its directors, Lucasfilm has found a replacement director. Academy Award-winning filmmaker Ron Howard will take over the as-yet untitled Han Solo movie.
“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 was one of just a few names floating around Hollywood as a potential replacement Directory. He brings a history of working on some of the biggest hits and most critically-acclaimed movies of the modern era. Among his many films are Lucasfilm’s Willow, Apollo 13, A Beautiful Mind (winner of four Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director), The Da Vinci Code, Frost/Nixon, and Cocoon. He also narrated and produced the beloved comedy series Arrested Development, starred in George Lucas’ American Graffiti, and remains a TV icon for his roles in The Andy Griffith Show and Happy Days.
Those who have read Star Wars scribe Lawrence Kasdan’s script for the Han Solo movie have all been impressed. The change in directors is thought to be related to the original production deviating too greatly from it.
The untitled Han Solo film is slated for a May 25, 2018, release.
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