It’s been an interesting couple of days for the Star Wars standalone film starring Han Solo. The films original directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller were let go after disagreements over the tone of the film. But now, we already have a new director in place, and its legendary filmmaker Ron Howard.
Howard has directed numerous films to critical acclaim including Apollo 13, A Beautiful Mind, and more. Lucasfilm was the first to make this official:
“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 Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy in a statement. “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.”
Then, this was later confirmed by Howard himself.
“I’m beyond grateful to add my voice to the Star Wars Universe after being a fan since 5/25/77,” Howard wrote on Twitter. “I hope to honor the great work already done & help deliver on the promise of a Han Solo film.”
Though it’s never good to lose a director, especially when the filming is technically underway, it’s good to know that they got a worthy replacement so soon after the departure happened.