Academy Award-winning director Ron Howard is rumored to be in talks with Lucasfilm to take over on the untitled Han Solo Star Wars Story…
Amid the turmoil caused by yesterday’s shocking news that Phil Lord and Chris Miller were leaving the Han Solo Star Wars standalone film, Deadline reported that Academy Award-winning director Ron Howard was the frontrunner to take over for the pair.
According to the exclusive at Deadline, Ron Howard has emerged as the one who will right the ship, so to speak.
"…but I am hearing that he might well step right in here and keep the Solo film on track."
To be fair, “hearing” that Howard will step into the role as director, and having some sort of confirmation, are two completely different things, but Deadline is usually right when it comes to these rumors.
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Howard won an Oscar for A Beautiful Mind in 2001, and if in fact he is chosen, will be the first Academy Award-winning director to helm a project for Lucasfilm (George Lucas received an honorary Oscar in 1991).
This isn’t the first time Lucasfilm has clashed with a director over a project. Rumors swirled in 2016 when Tony Gilroy was supposedly brought in to do massive re-writes and re-shoots of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
Now that has since been downplayed, and with the billion dollar box office success of that film, Lucasfilm seems to have made the right decision with Gareth Edwards.
How will the Han Solo film turn out? At this point in time, we have no clue, but Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy has promised there will be news on who will be the next director, very soon. Star Wars: Han Solo is slated (for now) to hit theaters in May of 2018.