Ron Howard has been named as the new director of Lucasfilm and Disney’s untitled Han Solo movie mere days after the project's previous directors - Christopher Miller and Phil Lord - departed following creative differences with the studio.
The film had been shooting over in London since February and the departure of the directors sent some serious shockwaves throughout Hollywood and beyond.
Sources claim that Howard is set to meet with the cast of the film to soothe a rattled set and will pore over a rough edit to see what the project has and still needs. There are still about three-and-a-half weeks worth of shooting left on the movie, with five weeks of reshoots built into the schedule.
The director comes to the project with several connections to both George Lucas and the worlds of Lucasfilm. Not only did he appear in the 1973 film American Graffiti, he also worked on the 1988 fantasy flick Willow and was even approached about directing 1999's prequel entry Star Wars: The Phantom Menace.
"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."
Honestly, if there is anyone who can get the ball rolling again following the departure of Miller and Lord, it's Ron Howard. He's proven to be a more than capable director in the past, and someone who will undoubtedly provide a much needed calming presence on set of the film.
Source: THR Heat Vision
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