Saturday 18 January 2020

Ron Howard has stepped in to direct the Han Solo movie

It comes after Phil Lord and Chris Miller left the film.

Ron Howard (Ian West/PA)
Ron Howard (Ian West/PA)

By Laura Harding, Press Association Senior Entertainment Correspondent

Apollo 13 director Ron Howard has stepped in to direct the new Star Wars movie about a young Han Solo.

The film stars Alden Ehrenreich as the young smuggler made famous by Harrison Ford, while Donald Glover, Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke and Thandie Newton and Phoebe Waller-Bridge are also among the cast.

Directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller, who were behind The Lego Movie and 21 and 22 Jump Street, departed the untitled project earlier this week over “creative differences”, more than four months into production.

Kathleen Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm, said: “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.

“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 July 10.”

The untitled Han Solo film is slated for UK release on May 25 2018.

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