By: Renee Grant

One of the most anticipated films in the Star Wars franchise just got a new director. Ron Howard has been brought on to the project after Phil Lord and Christopher Miller abandoned the film earlier this week citing “creative differences.”

The Apollo 13 director picks up where Lord and Miller left off, taking over the final three and a half weeks of shooting and five weeks of planned reshoots.

Reportedly, Miller and Lord disagreed with screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan over the style and tone of the movie. Kasdan is also the mastermind behind scripts for The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, and was also considered for the director position.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Howard will meet with the film’s cast to reassure them about the direction of the project before taking over. He will also view a rough edit of the movie in preparation for any additions to the film.

“I hope to honor the great work already done & help deliver on the promise of a Han Solo film,” Howard tweeted on Thursday (June 22).

Filming is set to resume on July 10th.

“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.”

The as-yet-untitled film is due for release on May 25, 2018.


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