21 Jun 2017 9:48 AM +00:00 UTC

Star Wars Han Solo Spin-off Finds a New Candidate Director

Even before fans could even fully comprehend what just happened with the Star Wars Han Solo spin-off movie and its directorial exits, a new candidate has already been spotted.

The top choice that will supposedly replace Christopher Miller and Phil Lord is Ron Howard. According to Deadline, Howard is the frontrunner choice to replace the director position, though current screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan was previously thought to be a possible replacement as well.

Director exits aren't really an uncommon move with recent movies, especially when it comes to franchises of a certain caliber. Several movies in production have seen exits as well, others even going so far as to have two to three director shifts.


The still-untitled Han Solo spin-off had been in development since February of this year. And while there have been several updates, such as the casting of Alden Ehrenreich as the young Han Solo, and certain roles reserved for Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, Donald Glover, Thandie Newton, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, and Joonas Suotamo, apparently, there had been rifts underneath.

It was previously reported that the reason for the exit was, again, creative differences, one that clashed the duo with Lucasfilm's Kathleen Kennedy. Now, Howard, known for his stints in Dan Brown's trilogy movies The Da Vinci Code, Angels & Demons, and Inferno, Rush, and In the Heart of the Sea, is reportedly set to fill in the missing spot and ensure that the Han Solo movie is still up for its May 2018 release.

For now, we're looking at Star Wars: The Last Jedi, which doesn't seem to have any problems and will be on track for its Dec. 13.

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