You're no doubt aware that the Han Solo movie lost its directors, Phil Lord and Chris Miller, on Monday. Well it's been announced that Apollo 13 and Splash filmmaker Ron Howard (pictured below), one of those linked to the project in the aftermath, has stepped in to finish the movie.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Howard will be meeting with principal actors Alden Ehrenreich, Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke and others, to see the project through and try to smooth over tensions on the set, as well as surveying the rough edit of the footage.
It's no small task: Lord and Miller had been filming since February and their sudden departure shocked Hollywood. It's been suggested that they experienced 'creative differences' with writer Lawrence Kasdan, a mainstay of the Star Wars universe who was allegedly averse to the directors' loose, improv style from the likes of The LEGO Movie and the Jump Street movies.
In a statement producer Kathleen Kennedy said the following:
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.
Howard is an interesting choice, given that he's usually a director in total command of his own projects, rarely brought in to either finish off or polish something begun by somebody else. In addition to the aforementioned Splash and Apollo 13 he also directed Willow, The Da Vinci Code, Cocoon and won an Oscar for A Beautiful Mind in 2001.
However he has more than 40 years of Hollywood experience on his side, and during that time he's worked with several of Tinseltown's biggest studios. Maybe it's that collaborative spirit that swayed things in his favour?
What do you make of this news? Let us know @Cineworld. According to reports the Han Solo movie is still on course to meet its 25th May 2018 release date.