Ron Howard tapped to direct Han Solo stand-alone film

The news of Lord and Miller's departure was quite the shocker, especially when the production only had three-and-a-half weeks of principal photography left.

Ron Howard is stepping in the "Star Wars" galaxy.

"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 Kennedy in a statement.

Howard also directed the Lucas-produced 1988 fantasy film Willow, and claims that he turned down the director's chair for Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace, calling the project "too daunting".

The now untitled movie will resume filming on 10 July and is due to be released next year.

With any luck, Ron Howard won't be expected to steer Han Solo in a completely new direction-he'll simply paper up the cracks, take out whatever stuff Lucasfilm wasn't happy with that Lord and Miller refused to part with, and call the project good.

Howard has made some of the biggest hits and most critically-acclaimed movies of the modern era.

One of Howard's early roles was in George Lucas' "American Graffiti".

Howard is best known for helming Apollo 13, Rush, The Da Vinci Code and 2002 Academy Award victor for Best Picture A Beautiful Mind, for which he also won Best Director. "We are really proud of the incredible and world-class work of our cast and crew". An additional five weeks has been built around the schedule, and hopefully this is enough to pump out the Han Solo movie that Lucasfilm wanted to make. Are they starting over, or just passing the ball to Ron Howard to take them over the finish line? The film stars Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo, Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian, along with Woody Harrelson as Beckett, Emilia Clarke, Thandie Newton, Michael K. Williams, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, and Joonas Suotamod as Chewbacca.

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  • Salvatore Jensen