'Star Wars' Han Solo Spin-Off Eyes Ron Howard and Lawrence Kasdan as Director

'Star Wars' Han Solo Spin-Off Eyes Ron Howard and Lawrence Kasdan as Director

Oscar-winning director Howard is reportedly the frontrunner to direct the Han Solo movie, while scriptwriter Kasdan is also mentioned as a possible replacement for Phil Lord and Chris Miller.
Lucasfilm is moving fast to find new director after Phil Lord and Chris Miller departed Han Solo film. Following announcement that the filmmaking duo parted ways with the studio due to "creative differences," a shortlist of the possible replacement has emerged.

According to Deadline, Ron Howard, who won an Academy Award for directing 2001's "A Beautiful Mind", is the frontrunner for the gig. The site additionally reports that Lawrence Kasdan, who co-wrote the script of the Han Solo movie, is mentioned as possible to take the vacant seat, though it's noted that Howard has a bigger chance to nab the job.

Lord and Miller said in a statement announcing their exit from the high-profile film, "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 cliche is true. We are really proud of the amazing and world-class work of our cast and crew."

Deadline reports that the directors behind "The Lego Movie" clashed with Lucasfilm chief Kathleen Kennedy and Lawrence Kasdan over creative directions of the upcoming movie. Lord and Miller are reportedly now eying "The Flash" as their next directing gig.

Filming on the untitled stand-alone Star Wars film II began on February 20. Alden Ehrenreich, Donald Glover, Emilia Clarke, Thandie Newton, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Ian Kenny, Michael K. Williams and Joonas Suotamo are in the cast.

Re-shoots, which have long been planned, are scheduled to take place this summer, though it's unclear how much of the movie will be reshot. The film is still scheduled to be released on May 25, 2018 in the U.S.

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