The recent shake-up in the world of Han Solo has understandably caused a frenzy amongst Star Wars fans who are now paranoid that changes in creative direction could result in a film that's subpar. Disney CEO Bob Iger, on the other hand, isn't fazed in the slightest by the new creative direction, as he revealed when speaking to TMZ.
Iger was bluntly asked to address fans who are reporting that the project could be "doomed," a comment which he laughed off.
"First of all, we have a great cast, we have a great script and we have a great director. It's gonna be fine. I'm very excited," explained Iger.
"Not gonna say," Iger declared, which implies he didn't want to confirm nor deny any plans.
"At Lucasfilm, we believe the highest goal of each film is to delight, carrying forward the spirit of the saga that George Lucas began 40 years ago," Kathleen Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm, revealed on the announcement of moving forward with Howard. "With that in mind, we're thrilled to announce that Ron Howard will step in to direct the untitled Han Solo film. We have a wonderful script, an incredible cast and crew and the absolute commitment to make a great movie."
Shooting is supposedly set to resume on July 10, but depending on how extensive any future re-shoots could take, the production might be thrown off from its intended release date.
Howard is more recently known for his thrillers based on Dan Brown's Da Vinci Code books, but has a long history with Lucasfilm and George Lucas himself.
Before Star Wars was even a blip on the radar, Lucas was filming American Graffiti, which starred a young Howard. Howard recently recalled Lucas discussing his ideas for the "fun" sci-fi film that incorporated state-of-the-art technology, much like the visuals seen in Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey.
In the '80s, Howard brought to life the fantasy adventure film Willow for Lucasfilm, which showcased his storytelling abilities utilizing characters from an alternate universe.
The Han Solo spin-off movie is still slated to debut in theaters May 25, 2018.
The Han Solo spinoff is filming now under director Ron Howard for a May 25, 2018 release. Alden Ehrenreich stars as a young Han Solo and Joonas Suotamo as Chewbacca in the era before Star Wars: A New Hope, before they met Leia and Luke and embarked on a galaxy-saving adventure. Donald Glover also stars as Lando Calrissian, with Woody Harrelson, Thandie Newton, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, and Emilia Clarke in as-yet-unrevealed co-starring roles.0comments