Ron Howard Explains His History with 'Star Wars' in New Interview

Just a day after being named the new director of the untitled Han Solo movie, director Ron Howard found himself in the position of having to talk about it while attending the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity on Friday.

In this tweet, the 63-year-old filmmaker wrote that he is "beyond grateful" for the opportunity to contribute to the ever growing and expanding Star Wars universe. "With that in mind, we're thrilled to announce that Ron Howard will step in to direct the untitled Han Solo film".

LucasFilm's Kathleen Kennedy delivered the blow to Phil Lord and Chris Miller, the dynamic directing duo known for The Lego Movie and 21 Jump Street. The Han Solo film is set for a release on May 25, 2018. And unlike Lord and Miller, Howard likely won't be looking to flood the film with his personal sense of humor-instead opting to finish up the story in the most straightforward manner possible, as there are still a few weeks left of shooting, plus several weeks of re-shoots. "We left nearly speechless, and I said do you want to see it again?" he said. "And we got in line and waited another 90 minutes to see it twice the same day".

The spin-off is part of Walt Disney Co's expanding slate of "Star Wars" movies, which was rebooted by 2015's blockbuster hit, "Star Wars: The Force Awakens".

A big budget film always requires a lot of check-ups, and an early post-production end gives Johnson a lot of time to make changes if necessary.

Among his many films are Lucasfilm's Willow, Apollo 13, A Beautiful Mind (winner of four Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director), The Da Vinci Code, Frost/Nixon, and Rush.

A tumultous week in the galaxy far, far away saw Lord and Miller depart the prequel with three-quarters of the movie completed, citing "creative differences".

Howard is no stranger to the directorial role, and will no doubt have a keen eye for the production and its direction.

The supporting cast includes Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke and Thandie Newton.

  • Salvatore Jensen