Ron Howard Is the Frontrunner to Take Over Directing the 'Han Solo' Movie

Wednesday, 21 June 2017 - 11:10AM
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Star Wars: Han Solo
Wednesday, 21 June 2017 - 11:10AM
Ron Howard Is the Frontrunner to Take Over Directing the 'Han Solo' Movie
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It seems that a Star Wars anthology movie simply can't get all the way through production without some form of drama. Last year was filled with rumors and speculation surrounding the lengthy reshoots to Rogue One: a Star Wars Story, but that's nothing compared to the sudden departure of directors Chris Miller and Phil Lord part way through filming the upcoming Han Solo movie.

According to Deadline, Lucasfilm is already hard at work trying to find a last-minute replacement for the pair, with Ron Howard topping the list internally at the present moment, although Empire Strikes Back writer Lawrence Kasdan is also in the running.

If this rumor proves true, it suggests what might have gone wrong with Han Solo up to this point. Howard is something of a left turn for the movie—while Lord and Miller come from a strong comedy background with movies like 21 Jump Street and The Lego Movie, Howard is far better known for serious, Academy Award-winning movies like A Beautiful Mind and Frost/Nixon.

The report from Deadline suggests that Miller and Lord's take on Han Solo simply wasn't 'Star Wars' enough (in the past, it was described as 'defying all expectations'), and that when asked to tone things down, the pair refused. It's entirely possible, then, that the directors were looking to bring more levity and humor to the Galaxy Far, Far Away, but that Lucasfilm objected to such a frivolous film, and are now looking to get a director that will bring greater gravitas to the movie.



If this is the case, there's a danger that Han Solo could turn out like a kind of reverse Suicide Squad, with later reshoots attempting to take a comedic movie and make it darker and grittier—or at least more grounded. With any luck, Lucasfilm will be aware that Star Wars fans don't want Han Solo's origin story to feel too grumpy, and won't push to remove too much of the Miller and Lord comedy.

All said, in spite of extensive reshoots on Rogue One that took place even after trailers for the movie were with the public, the film ultimately won fans over (even if we weren't hugely impressed at the time). Lucasfilm now has experience in rebuilding a film at a later date, and if any studio in Hollywood can take what's been done on Han Solo and make it work, it's this one.

The Han Solo film is slated to release on May 25th, 2018.
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