Ron Howard, who was tapped by Lucasfilm to step in and direct the upcoming Han Solo movie yesterday, wants to assure fans that he's ready to immerse himself in Star Wars lore.
"I’ve been a fan forever," said Howard while speaking at the Cannes Lions advertising and media conference. "It’s gratifying to be asked to lend my voice to the [Star Wars] universe."
Lucasfilm announced the addition of Ron Howard to the highly anticipated project yesterday, just two days after it was reported that previous directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller had exited the project following creative differences with the studio.
"It’s a little opportunity that came my way," Howard says.
He goes on to reveal that, when the original Star Wars came out in 1977, he and his wife stood in line for two hours in order to get tickets.
"I was so moved by the movie,” he said. “I was transported by the movie… We literally left almost speechless." They decided to see it again, and waited another 90 minutes in line.
Howard has already stepped in and begun work on the project, with shooting set to resume on July 10th. Five weeks of reshoots are also planned for later in the year.
Starring Alden Ehrenreich, Donald Glover, Woody Harrelson and Emilia Clarke, the upcoming Han Solo anthology movie is currently slated for release on May 25th, 2018.
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