Apparently, the force isn’t strong with Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (duo behind The Lego Movie) – at least according to Kathleen Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm, and the brand manager of the Star Wars franchise.
At 6 months into production (filming started in January 2017), Kennedy fired the directing duo over “creative differences.” In turn, she nabbed high profile director Ron Howard (Apollo 13) to finish the film, which resumes production in July.
Disney’s untitled Han Solo spin-off – written by Lawrence Kasdan (Star Wars: Episode V-VII) and Jon Kasdan (In the Land of Women) – will focus on Solo’s days before he linked up with the rebel alliance, as well as his early adventures with Chewbacca and Lando Calrissian.
Alden Ehrenreich (Hail, Caesar!) is playing the young, sarcastic, reckless smuggler made famous by Harrison Ford. Donald Glover (The Martian) is portraying a young Lando Calrissian, previously played by Billy Dee Williams in The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. Additional cast members include Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones), Woody Harrelson (Natural Born Killers), Thandie Newton (Mission: Impossible 2), Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Man Up) and Joonas Suotamo.
Despite its turbulence, the film still has a scheduled release for May 25th, 2018.