While Miller and Lord’s creative vision for the Star Wars Anthology Han Solo film didn’t end up jiving with what Kathleen Kennedy and Laurence Kasdan wanted, the show must go on, and now Lucasfilm and Disney have found a big name to fill the shoes left by the Lego Movie directors. It’s just been announced that Splash director, Ron Howard is taking over direction of the film. Check out the full press release below.
As to whether they’ll be starting from scratch, or using any of wha. Miller and Lord shot, we have no idea. We just know that a Ron Howard movie is going to be fundamentally different than the film that was only a few weeks away from completion.
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