After the firing of directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller, some Star Wars fans undoubtedly remain skeptical about the prospects for the Han Solo spinoff, despite the involvement of Oscar winner Ron Howard. However, the director assures the Millennium Falcon remains on course under his command.
Howard told The Hollywood Reporter that the Star Wars anthology film is "coming along great," and that it "came with great characters, a great script and actors who inhabit those characters."
"It's a fantastic script, a great cast and I am having a fantastic creative experience with it," he said. "It's a great young cast, incredibly strong — smart, funny people who love their characters and love being part of this. I think we'll be able to do something that is a lot of fun."
Howard's enthusiasm should hardly come as a surprise to those who follow the director on social media. Since succeeding Lord and Miller in June, he has released a number of photos, teasing everything from editing work to costumes, and providing a first look at Woody Harrelson's Beckett and Donald Glover's Lando Calrissian.
Based on a script by Lawrence and Jon Kasdan, the Han Solo film stars Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo, Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian, Joonas Suotamo as Chewbacca, Emilia Clarke, Thandie Newton, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Michael K. Williams and Woody Harrelson. The as-yet-untitled movie arrives in theaters on May 25, 2018.