The world of Star Wars was shook to the core in the early hours of this morning when Lucasfilm announced that Phil Lord and Chris Miller would no longer be directing the Han Solo standalone film. However, there’s already a very famous frontrunner: Ron Howard.
Deadline reports that Howard and co-writer Lawrence Kasdan are both being considered to take over the film, but that Howard is favourite.
This happens, of course, after Lord and Miller left the project due to “creative differences.” In the official announcement, Lucasfilm stated that the film was still on track for its May 2018 release, so they’d need someone to come in pretty quickly and continue the work Lord and Miller had been doing.
Which was a significant amount of work. The duo had been shooting for several months and still had a few weeks left of filming. Most expected some news from the film, possibly even a teaser, to be screened at July’s D23 Expo.
Beyond the official announcement, the rumours as the why Lord and Miller left the film have been flying fast and furious. The most plausible suggest Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy didn’t think Lord and Miller’s work was “Star Wars” enough and wanted to bring in some outside help for reshoots, much like Tony Gilroy was brought in on Rogue One. However, the rumour continues, Lord and Miller didn’t want to compromise their vision and that was that.
If Howard is the replacement, he makes a ton of sense. Not only is he a talented, seasoned filmmaker, he’s a consummate professional who could handle both the pressures of finishing the film and subsequent controversy that will be the primary talking point surrounding the film until its release.
There is much, much more to discuss and uncover about this story, so keep an eye here for more as it breaks.
The still-untitled Han Solo Star Wars story is still scheduled for release May 25, 2018. [Deadline]