22 Jun 2017 3:51 PM +00:00 UTC

Here's Lucasfilm's Official Statement Welcoming Ron Howard to The Han Solo Movie

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Earlier today, it was announced that Ron Howard has been hired to replace Phil Lord and Chris Miller as the director of the untitled Han Solo standalone film. Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy has releaesd an official statement on Starwars.com welcoming the director to the film project:

"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 10th of July."

Until next month, Howard will be talking to the cast and crew and see what has been shot so far so he knows how to proceed when shooting resumes. The Academy Award-winning director will be working closely with screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan, whose vision for the iconic character and movie just didn't align with what Lord and Miller were trying to make. I'm a huge fan of Lord and Miller's films but if what they're trying to do doesn't align with Lucasfilm's vision for the film and character, I'm glad that Howard has replaced them.

The standalone Han Solo film is set to release in theaters on May 25, 2018. Will they delay the release date because of the switch of directors? They haven't said anything regarding that but I won't be surprised if they do.

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