Director Ron Howard Shares Excitement For ‘Han Solo’ Movie

Star Wars Han Solo Ron HowardWhile Star Wars fans are clearly shocked by Phil Lord & Christopher Miller’s departure from the Han Solo project, Ron Howard stepping up to direct the movie in their place has helped calm some of those that are nervous. Howard recently took to Twitter to explain that he was excited to be taking over the project and that he’s a huge fan of the source material.

Ron Howard was a part of the Han Solo conversation shortly after it broke that Lord & Miller wouldn’t be directing, as it was quickly rumored that he would be the front-runner to direct the project. Earlier today, it was confirmed that he’d be taking over. Howard issued the following statements on Twitter:

Howard has previously worked with Lucasfilm before on a number of occasions – he served as one of the lead actors in American Graffiti, he directed their 1988 fantasy film Willow, and served as a creative consultant to George Lucas early on in the development of The Phantom Menace (a film that Lucas wanted him to direct at one point). He’s also the first Oscar-winning director to handle production of a Star Wars movie, provided that you don’t counting the honorary Academy Award that George Lucas received in 1991 for his work on the Original Trilogy, THX 1138, American GraffitiIndiana Jones. It’s a shame it couldn’t be under better circumstances, but still – Howard has a kind of talent that the Star Wars franchise could really benefit from.

The untitled Star Wars Han Solo spin-off is still scheduled for a May 25, 2018 release date. Its cast includes Alden Ehrenreich, Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, Donald Glover, Thandie Newton, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Joonas Suotamo, Michael K. Williams, and Ian Kenny.

Source: Ron Howard

8 ‘Star Wars’ Spin-Off Movies We Really Want To See

Previous1 of 9

Star Wars-SagaMay the 4th be with you, everyone! Even on May the 8th! With Star Wars weekend in the rear-view mirror, it’s still a great time to kick back, get out your old glow-in-the-dark lightsaber toys and Darth Vader Halloween masks, and pop in those original trilogy DVDs. Maybe even all 8 currently-released films, if you’re up for the challenge (both mental and otherwise). Speaking of which, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story just came out on Blu-ray, marking the first home release of many Star Wars spin-off movies to come.

Of these, only one future title has been confirmed – Han Solo: A Star Wars Story, to be released in May of 2018. Beyond that, we know Disney had at least two more planned, and probably more down the line. And why not? The Star Wars universe is so ripe for exploration. There are so many characters we were introduced to in the Saga movies that could easily get their own film. And it doesn’t stop there. The legacy of the Jedi and the Sith go back thousands of years, opening up virtually endless possibilities of story material.

Given this abundance of material just waiting to be tapped into, Heroic Hollywood decided to celebrate the Star Wars holiday by compiling a list of the Star Wars stand-alone movies we’d most like to see. While some of the films on this list are more likely to be developed than others, they each share one unifying factor: they’d all be freakin’ awesome!

Heroic Hollywood proudly presents the 8 ‘Star Wars’ Spin-Off Movies We Really Want To See! Click next to get started. And may the Force be with you!

Previous1 of 9

Grant Davis

Grant Davis

A Texan freelance writer with interests in Star Wars, superhero movies, and entertainment in general.