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Oscar Award winning director Ron Howard to helm Han Solo Star Wars spin-off

After Phil Lord and Christopher Miller have left the project, Ron Howard the Oscar-winning director of A Beautiful Mind is going to direct the Han Solo Star Wars spin-off. The movie's cast includes Alden Ehrenreich, Donald Glover, Lando Calrissian, Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke and Thandie Newton.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: June 23, 2017 4:27:54 pm
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Ron Howard has been named as the new director for the Han Solo Star Wars spin-off film starring Harrison Ford, after Phil Lord and Christopher Miller left the project. The Oscar award-winning director of the film, A Beautiful Mind will meet the star cast of the Han Solo film that includes Alden Ehrenreich and Donald Glover to discuss what needs to be done next, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

“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. 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,” Kathleen Kennedy, President of Lucasfilm, said.

Howard also expressed his excitement on Twitter, saying, “I’m beyond grateful to add my voice to the Star Wars Universe after being a fan since 5/25/77.” “I hope to honour the great work already done and help deliver on the promise of a Han Solo film.” Kennedy confirmed the news of Lord and Miller’s departure from the project, citing “creative differences” as the reason. The Hollywood Reporter has also reported that Howard will meet with the actors  to take further course of action.

The cast also includes Alden Ehrenreich who plays the iconic smuggler, Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian, Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke and Thandie Newton. Filming is said to resume on July 10. The Han Solo film is set for a release on May 25, 2018.

(with PTI inputs)

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