Ron Howard Confirmed as New Director on Star Wars Han Solo Movie


Well that didn’t take long. Just two days after announcing that Phil Lord and Chris Miller had stepped down (or… ahem… been forced out) as directors of the upcoming Star Wars Han Solo spin-off, Disney and Lucasfilm have found their replacement. Ron Howard was very quickly rumoured to be the frontrunner to take over the movie with Lawrence Kasdan and Joe Johnston also listed as possible candidates. Now it appears that Howard has finalized the deal and made it official. Kathleen Kennedy released the following statement today:

“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… 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.”

Howard will oversee the remaining three-and-a-half weeks of production plus an additional five weeks of reshoots. The quick turnaround means that the film’s release date shouldn’t change, but it remains to be seen what kind of influence he will have on the final product. Howard has not worked directly with Kathleen Kennedy before, but he has been in the industry for quite some time and tends to run in the same circles. It is still unclear who will ultimately get credit for the movie; the DGA rules on multiple directors are pretty strict and potentially ruled out Kasdan as Lord and Miller’s replacement. Do you think Ron Howard is a good choice to get the Han Solo movie back on track?

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  • David

    I don’t think it’s terribly important whether or not Kasdan’s actually sitting in the director’s chair. As long as Ron Howard isn’t ignoring the voice of the writers and studio for his own vision, then we’ll get the film they intended, and my faith for this particular story is in Kasdan having a seat at the table to set the tone of the movie and the character.

  • Todd S. Gallows

    Bland property with a bland director. Why not?

  • Beat_C

    LOL. it sounded like a joke when you guys mentioned ron howard on this week’s show.

  • iammattz

    We’re through the Lord and Miller looking glass now

  • Colin

    I want to see Ron Howard’s 21 Jump Street

  • Lance

    Interesting about these DGA Rules. It seems like Kasdan would have been the choice, especially considering he was the guy the studio sided with about the vision of the movie. But because of dumb union rules we’re stuck with Ron Howard. Great.

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  • 1138sw

    I understand KK and LK wanting to hire hot young talent but I never understood the choice of Lord and Miller. Yes they oversaw and started two big time franchises that were…comedy. And yes its wrong to typecast by genre but when the big honcho KK states that one of your inspirations for the look and feel of the movie is painter/sculpter Frederic Remington, your think of Lord and Miller? Really? And you wonder why there were clashes.

  • Mark Stevens

    Personally, I would have gone with Kasdan also.

  • ReelJunkie

    Disney is in shambles! My question is why even bother hiring directors who have a voice in the first place?!??! Just get a fucking jobber from the outset.

  • LordAwesome

    Yeah, cause Lord and Miller are Hollywood’s answer to Ingmar Bergman! Such artistes!

  • Beat_C

    no, but they have a distinct style that you should be aware of before you give them a job. why even try it with someone who has a vision of their own if you want to govern everything yourself?

  • Andy Glover

    # Tales from Jobber’s Palace