UPDATE: Lucasfilm has announced Ron Howard’s hiring via the official website. Below is their press release.
Lucasfilm is pleased to announce that Academy Award-winning filmmaker Ron Howard has been named director of the untitled Han Solo film.
“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.”
Howard has made some of the biggest hits and most critically-acclaimed movies of the modern era. Among his many films are Lucasfilm’s Willow, Apollo 13, A Beautiful Mind (winner of four Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director), The Da Vinci Code, Frost/Nixon, and Rush. He also narrated and produced the beloved comedy series Arrested Development, starred in George Lucas’ American Graffiti, and remains a TV icon for his roles in The Andy Griffith Show and Happy Days.
The untitled Han Solo film is slated for a May 25, 2018, release.
While news that Lord and Miller were fired during the production of Han Solo is still leaving fans reeling. It looks like The Hollywood Reporter has word that Ron Howard is likely going to be confirmed as their replacement by Lucasfilm.
Howard has a history with Lucasfilm going back to collaboration with George Lucas on the fantasy film Willow back in the 80s. Geroge Lucas had originally approached Howard to helm The Phantom Menace. An announcement by Lucasfilm is expected to take place this morning.
The cast consists of Alden Ehrenreich, Donald Glover, Emilia Clarke, Woody Harrelson, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Thandie Newton, Michael Kenneth Williams, and Joonas Suotamo.
Han Solo has three weeks of scheduled shooting left and is expected to do a lot of reconfiguring during the five weeks of reshoots as well. It’s still expected to hit the release date of May 25th, 2018.