Ron Howard is the New HAN SOLO Director
Disney and Lucasfilm have named Ron Howard (The Da Vinci Code, Rush) as the new director of the Han Solo standalone. The two-time Academy Award winner (Best Director and Best Picture, A Beautiful Mind) replaces original directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, who were fired from the production earlier this week.
“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.”
It was originally reported that Lord and Miller clashed with Kennedy, who “did not approve of their shooting style and process of interacting with actors and crew.” Co-writer Lawrence Kasdan — who has scripted The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, and The Force Awakens — also found himself in disagreement with the 21 Jump Street and The Lego Movie filmmakers, who apparently didn’t understand “that Han Solo is not a comedic personality. He’s sarcastic and selfish,” said a source.
Howard is best known for Lucasfilm’s Willow, Apollo 13, A Beautiful Mind, The Da Vinci Code, Frost/Nixon, and Rush. He most recently helmed Inferno. The untitled Han Solo movie is set to keep its May 25th, 2018 release date.