The recent announcement that the untitled Han Solo Star Wars spin-off’s two directors bailed on the film just weeks before filming wrapped shook the Star Wars fandom – and likely LucasFilm – at its core. It’s an incredibly unusual situation made even more bizarre by the high profile film and well-regarded directors.
So, what’s LucasFilm going to do now? Well, they’ve already replaced directing duo Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, today announcing that Ron Howard ill take over as director, helping to guide the film through the remainder of its filming, editing, and extra post-production work.
It’s also rumored that the famed director will work closely with LucasFilm to address a number of behind-the-scenes grievances the studio had with the direction the film had taken.
There’s no confirmation yet as to whether the film’s release date will be pushed from its May 25, 2018 slot, but LucasFilm is still saying that’s when we can expect the film to hit theaters.
The production studio, a division of Disney, released a statement earlier today, reading in full:
Lucasfilm is pleased to announce that Academy Award-winning filmmaker Ron Howard has been named director of the untitled Han Solo film.
“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 has made 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 Rush. 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.
The untitled Han Solo film is slated for a May 25, 2018, release.
Ron Howard brings promise back to this film but we can’t help but think there’s a very high chance that they won’t recover. Time will tell!