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Oh what a week for Star Wars movies! To recap, Phil Lord and Chris Miller were unceremoniously fired from the untitled young Han Solo Star Wars Story, the next anthology movie to be released by Lucasfilm. Lord and Miller were rumoured to be clashing with Star Wars producer Kathleen Kennedy and screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan over the right interpretation of the main character, and the right kind of humour the film was supposed to contain, so after a long creative struggle dating back to pre-production, the directors were out. Now, Ron Howard is in and ready to finish the job, and he’s finally said some words about the matter.

As covered by Deadline, Howard appeared at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity where the subject of the Star Wars switch came up calling it, “A little opportunity that came my way.” He added, “So many people involved with the Star Wars franchise are friends, so it’s gratifying to be able to lend my voice to the universe — coming in when it’s already been in production and there is a great amount of work done.”

Howard, of course, has a long-standing professional relationship with Star Wars creator George Lucas having appeared in Lucas’ 1974 hit American Graffiti and directing Willow for Lucas in 1988. It’s a history that Howard recalled for the audience. “I’ve been around the Star Wars universe from the beginning,” he said. “When I was being directed by George Lucas on American Graffiti in 1972, we were standing out in front of Mel’s Drive-In in San Francisco where we were shooting and I said, ‘Do you know what you think your next film might be?’ And he said, ‘Yeah, I want to do a science fiction movie, but a really fun one like Flash Gordon with the effects of Stanley Kubrick’s 2001.’ I thought, ‘That sounds like a kind of crazy idea.’”

Howard followed up on those comments with the following official statement on Twitter:

The Han Solo movie will be in theatres everywhere on May 25, 2018.

Source: Deadline

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