For the first time ever, a Star Wars movie will be helmed by someone who won an Oscar for Best Director.
THR confirmed the news this morning:
“Howard, sources tell The Hollywood Reporter, will meet with the actors — Alden Ehrenreich is playing the iconic smuggler, Donald Glover is playing Lando Calrissian, with Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke and Thandie Newton also on the roll call — to soothe a rattled set and will pore over a rough edit to see what the project has and still needs.
The movie was scheduled to shoot for three-and-a-half more weeks, with five weeks of reshoots built into the schedule — the latter a standard procedure on large franchise productions.”
And the Star Wars Official Site confirmed it following that:
“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.”
I am still very excited for The Last Jedi, but now I’m more excited for Han Solo as Ron Howard is one of my favorite directors. Apollo 13 is easily tied with E.T. as my favorite movie of all time, and he was mentored by Lucas appearing in American Graffiti and then directing Willow for George in the 80s. He’s a perfect choice for Star Wars and this is great news for the Han Solo movie.