Uh oh, it sounds like things on the “Star Wars” set aren’t going well. Academy Award winner Ron Howard will finish directing the untitled Han Solo film, which has been filming for over 4 months.
In a shocking twist, original directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller were let go after a stunning upset between the directors and screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan. The directors and screenwriter had been clashing for months due to creative differences which continued to grow over the course of filming. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the studio supported Kasdan, and Lord and Miller were out.
Directors are almost never fired so far into the filmmaking process. Only 3 1/2 weeks remain for principal photography on the flick. How will Howard pull off calming the shaken cast and crew and finish shooting the highly anticipated film?
Stepping into another artist’s shoes at the 11th hour won’t be easy, even for the Hollywood veteran. However, the reserved Howard created blockbuster hits “Apollo 13” and “A Beautiful Mind.” Perhaps he can calm tensions between the studio, screenwriter, cast and crew.
The official “Star Wars” website has publicly confirmed Howard’s hiring, telling press:
“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 Kathleen Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm. “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.”
As filming begins again in early July, we’ll just have to wait and see how things turn out. The untitled film stars Alden Ehrenreich (“Blue Jasmine”) as Han Solo, with Donald Glover (“Atlanta”) portraying Lando Calrissian. Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke and Thandie Newton will also star.
The untitled “Star Wars” film premieres May 25, 2018. Hopefully.