Deadline reports Ron Howard is the frontrunner to take the place of Phil Lord and Chris Miller as director on the upcoming Untitled Han Solo Star Wars Story.
It came as a shock to Star Wars fans earlier tonight when the directing duo had been revealed to have exited the project citing creative differences as the reason for their departure, however, a new report has emerged which reveals the pair had actually been fired for repeatedly clashing with Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy since day on set over her strict control of the project. Along with the news came an assurance from Kennedy that a replacement director would soon be announced to take Lord and Miller’s place.
If Howard signs on for the job, it’s possible the director could keep the film on track for its May 2018 release date.
In addition, The Hollywood Reporter’s Borys Kit has revealed the film’s co-writer Lawrence Kasdan and Joe Johnston (The Rocketeer, Captain America: The First Avenger) are in the mix as well. The former of which is a veteran scribe of the franchise and incredibly familiar with the Han Solo character. Kasdan himself has written installments such as Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, Star Wars: Return of the Jedi and also co-wrote Star Wars: The Force Awakens and the script for the Han Solo spinoff, for which he has previously said was his favorite script yet. In addition to writing, Kasdan has directed pictures such as The Big Chill and Grand Canyon.
The Untitled Han Solo Star Wars Story has been written by Lawrence Kasdan and son Jon Kasdan. The film stars Alden Ehrenreich as the young Han Solo along with Joonas Suotomo as Chewbacca and Donald Glover as the young Lando Calrissian. The cast also includes Thandie Newton, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Michael K. Williams, and Ian Kenny.
The Untitled Han Solo Star Wars Story is currently slated for release on May 25, 2018.
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