Thirty-eight years after More American Graffiti, Ron Howard finally has his successor in the category of “Lucas-less Lucasfilm follow-ups we probably don’t really need.” He’s just officially signed on to take over directing duties on the Han Solo prequel movie, this following the recent firing of Phil Lord and Chris Miller from the project.
In a statement from Lucasfilm, president Kathleen Kennedy said, “At Lucasfilm, we believe the highest goal of each film is to delight, carrying forward the spirit of the saga that George Lucas began forty years ago. 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. Filming will resume the 10th of July.”
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