In the wake of the news that directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller have exited the Star Wars anthology film about Han Solo over "creative differences," Deadline reports Ron Howard is now the frontrunner to helm the project. According to the report, Howard is being considered for his wealth of experience behind the camera, which would allow him to keep the film on track to meet its May 2018 release date.
Regarding the pair's departure from the project, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy said, “Phil Lord and Christopher Miller are talented filmmakers who have assembled an incredible cast and crew, but it’s become clear that we had different creative visions on this film, and we’ve decided to part ways. A new director will be announced soon." If this new report is any indication, that announcement will come imminently.
“Unfortunately, our vision and process weren’t aligned with our partners on this project. We normally aren’t fans of the phrase ‘creative differences’ but for once this cliché is true. We are really proud of the amazing and world-class work of our cast and crew,” explained former directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller.
Lord and Miller have been attached to the Han Solo anthology film since July 2015. The pair are best known for their work on LEGO Movie, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, 21 Jump Street and its sequel 22 Jump Street. The two were once attached to WB’s Flash film, for which they wrote a treatment. Following the departure of Dope director Rick Famuyiwa, Lord and Miller have spoken to DC Films about helming the project.
Based off 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 Star Wars anthology film is scheduled to hit theaters on May 25, 2018.