Well that was quick. After it was reported that Phil Lord and Chris Miller were fired from directing the Han Solo spinoff movie, Lucasfilm has hired acclaimed director Ron Howard (Da Vinci Code) to take over as helmer.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Howard will be meeting with the main stars of the cast (Alden Ehrenreich, Donald Glover, Emilia Clarke, Woody Harrelson, Thandie Newton) to try and ease everyone on the rattled set. Howard will also be viewing a rough cut of the material already shot so that he can see what else the movie really needs. Afterwards, filming will resume on July 10.
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. 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.
Hopefully Howard has the chops to make Kathleen Kennedy and the rest of the Lucasfilm higher-ups happy. Miller and Lord's methods apparently didn't sit well with Kennedy and writer Lawrence Kasdan, and they were fired under the grounds of "creative differences." The Directors Guild of America is still concerned over who is going to get director credit for the movie, though. Way it looks, we'll be seeing three names under "Directed By."
Han Solo is set to come out May 25, 2018.