'The firing shocked many in Hollywood'
Veteran filmmaker Ron Howard is set to take over the directing responsibilities of Lucasfilm and Disney’s Han Solo spinoff movie, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Howard’s role in the film marks a creative shakeup, as he will replace directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller, who are leaving the project well into production.
After working on the film for over four-and-a-half months, Lord and Miller were apparently dropped from the film after the two clashed with veteran screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan over differences in style and tone.
The change-up is somewhat unprecedented in Hollywood, as directors are rarely let go once production is well underway.
“I’m beyond grateful to add my voice to the Star Wars Universe after being a fan since 5/25/77,” Howard said in a tweet.
I'm beyond grateful to add my voice to the Star Wars Universe after being a fan since 5/25/77.
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“I hope to honor the great work already done & help deliver on the promise of a Han Solo film,” he added.
I hope to honor the great work already done & help deliver on the promise of a Han Solo film.
Sources told The Hollywood Reporter that Howard plans to meet with the cast and crew of the film, who are rattled over the firing of Lord and Miller.
Although little is known about the plot for the upcoming movie, it will likely be an origin story for one of Star Wars’ most memorable characters.
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