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Is there a more euphemistic phrase out of Hollywood than this?
Normally used when one or more figures involved in a movie don’t see eye-to-eye because (at least) one of them is a bit of a muppet – to put it politely – it appears that even working under the banner of Star Wars is not enough to stop the tempers from flying and the tantrums to start.
20th June saw the departure of both directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller from the project, with statements from Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy and the two directors saying that it was an “amicable split” due to the “creative differences.”
And whilst I could go into what may or may not have been the cause of their departure, I’d rather not, just in case the source turns out to be slightly unfabricated – I don’t want to be accused of being a purveyor of Fake News.
Despite this setback, Lucasfilm and Disney were still adamant that the Han Solo movie would fulfil its intended release date of 25th May 2018.
Now, you may be thinking that that’s ambitious if they’ve just got rid of both of their directors and are left with no-one steering the ship.
And you would be right, it is ambitious, only it would be if it weren’t for the Oscar-award winner Ron Howard.
As announced on Thursday [22nd June] by Lucasfilm, Howard will be taking over the reins of Miller and Lord, and whilst production is not due to resume until the 10th July, Howard wasted little time in taking to Twitter to express his gratitude.
Howard posted the following Tweet;
In a second post, he added;
But all his adulation wasn’t reserved just for those 140 characters, as Howard opened up about the opportunity during the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, saying;
“I’ve been a fan forever. It’s gratifying to be asked to lend my voice to the [Star Wars] universe. So many people involved in the Star Wars franchise are friends. It’s already been in production, and there’s a lot of really great work there.”
So, Star Wars fans, you can rest easy now knowing that Han Solo is still going to be heading to a cinema screen near you very soon, despite the aforementioned hiccup.
Based on a script penned by Lawrence and Jon Kasdan, the as yet untitled Han Solo spin-off movie stars Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo, Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian, Joonas Suotamo as Chewbacca, and Emilia Clarke, Thandie Newton, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Michael K. Williams, and Woody Harrelson in as yet unannounced roles, and is due to hit cinemas the 25th May, 2018.