CONFIRMED: Ron Howard Will Direct Han Solo Movie

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"Ron Howard has been named as the new director of Lucasfilm and Disney’s untitled Han Solo movie, sources tell The Hollywood Reporter exclusively. The official announcement is expected Thursday morning."

"Howard, sources tell The Hollywood Reporter, will meet with the actors — Alden Ehrenreich is playing the iconic smuggler, Donald Glover is playing Lando Calrissian, with Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke and Thandie Newton also on the roll call — to soothe a rattled set and will pore over a rough edit to see what the project has and still needs. Filming will resume on July 10."

Here's a neat little tidbit from the article as well:

"The movie was scheduled to shoot for three-and-a-half more weeks, with five weeks of reshoots built into the schedule — the latter a standard procedure on large franchise productions."

That is completely nuts. I don't think I've ever seen such a situation occur for a big-budgeted movie. Are you kidding me?! There was less than a month left in the shoot? Dude, what is going on here? They were 3/4 of the way through principal photography. In describing the situation, THR uses the word "unprecedented," I'd use the word "pathetic."

Chris Miller and Phil Lord are talented filmmakers, they probably had a set vision for the film and when Disney caught on they freaked. They have always preferred silly, highly stylized visuals, but it seems like Disney wanted a darker tone to Han Solo, despite the fact that he really was the comic relief of the first three films in the trilogy. But, why did Disney catch on only now? There must be more to this than is being said. I know Lord and Miller were also changing Lawrence Kasdan's screenplay, which didn't sit well at all with Kasdan. 

I really do like the choice of Ron Howard. He's been a consistent Hollywood pro for the better part of the 30 years and THAT is why they hired him. Also, despite the tepid Dan Brown adaptations, he hasn't done much to warrant a red flag, hell he's sneakily created a resume that is, truthfully, impressive. Some of his critically acclaimed work includes ("Apollo 13," "Cinderella Man," "Rush," "A Beautiful Mind," "Frost/Nixon," "Splash," Cocoon.") I can't say I'm a fan of all of those, but they're fairly impressive cinematic oeuvres and, as it stands, he's probably the most competent director to have ever helmed a Star Wars movie.