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Ron Howard takes over as director on Star Wars young Han Solo spin-off
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Ron Howard takes over as director on Star Wars young Han Solo spin-off

Ron Howard has taken over as the director on the new Star Wars spin-off about young Han Solo. 

22 Jump Street directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller had been working on the movie, which entered production earlier this summer, but left the film earlier this week after disagreements with Lucasfilm. 

Howard, who has most recently worked on Dan Brown adaptation Inferno and hit documentary The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years, was confirmed in the role this afternoon (June 22nd).

Kathleen Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm, said of his appointment: "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."

The movie is due to be released on May 25th in 2018 and so far there have been no announcements about a delayed release. 

Alden Ehrenreich, star of Hail, Caesar and Beautiful Creatures is to play young Han Solo in the much-anticipated new Star Wars spin-off, with Donald Glover, best known for his roles in Community and The Martian, taking the role of young Lando Calrissian, while Game Of Thrones' Emilia Clarke and Woody Harrelson also have key roles in the spin-off. 

This movie is the second Star Wars spin-off following the release of Rogue One - A Star Wars Story, which is out on DVD now. 

You can order Rogue One - A Star Wars Story in hmv's online store by clicking here and read our full review here. 

 

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
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