Earlier this week, it looked as if the Untitled Han Solo Movie took a massive blow with the departure of Phil Lord and Chris Miller. While the situation may have looked bleak from afar, Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy was already working on hiring the director who would take over for the directing duo.
Enter Ron Howard.
“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.”
The quote comes from Starwars.com, which facilitated the announcement of Ron Howard as director. Howard is an accomplished director, having filmed some of the most profound movies of our generation. Movies like Apollo 13, The Da Vinci Code, Frost/Nixon, Rush, Lucasfilm’s Willow, and A Beautiful Mind, which he won Best Director and Best Picture for in 2001.
Howard enters a project that has been in production since January. It’s likely that Miller and Lord had filmed most of the film, so the challenge for Howard will be to screen all the work and find a way to create the film that Lucasfilm is envisioning, whether that means re-shoots or otherwise.
Nevertheless, Lucasfilm is confident enough in Howard to hold steadfast on the release date of May 25, 2018!