Just two days ago directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller were let go from the Han Solo movie after spending over four-and-a-half months directing it. Citing creative differences over style and tone with the studio’s veteran screenwriter, Lawrence Kasdan, the studio sent shockwaves around Hollywood and beyond as the movie was about three-quarters through principal photography and the replacement of a director at that stage is near-unprecedented.

Today, THR is reporting that Ron Howard has been named as the new director of Lucasfilm and Disney’s untitled Han Solo movie and will will meet with the actors Alden Ehrenreich, Donald Glover, Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke and Thandie Newton to soothe a rattled set and will pore over a rough edit to see what the project needs. Filming will resume on July 10.

“At Lucasfilm, we believe the highest goal of each film is to delight, carrying forward the spirit of the saga that George Lucas began 40 years ago,” said Kathleen Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm, in a statement. “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. 
The untitled Han Solo film is slated for release on May 25, 2018.

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