While Ron Howard, the new director of the untitled Star Wars Han Solo movie, is not widely known for his social media savvy, he’s setting new records for must-follow posts thanks to peak interested in the beleaguered production. Howard replaced directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller on this Star Wars Story in June when they were fired despite the fact that reportedly there were just a few weeks left in production, so Howard had to carry on, carry over, and carry under all those fan expectations in the wake of such surprising and disappointing news. But you know what? He says don’t worry.
“It’s a fantastic script, a great cast and I am having a fantastic creative experience with it,” Howard told The Hollywood Reporter. “[It] came with great characters, a great script and actors who inhabit those characters. It’s a great young cast, incredibly strong, smart, funny people who love their characters and love being part of this. I think we’ll be able to do something that is a lot of fun.”
Howard’s social media blitz seems like part of a charm offensive to prove that everything on the production of Han Solo is now going fine, but don’t strain your eyes looking too closely at these pictures because Howard says his posts are “careful not to include even a sliver of a spoiler.”
— Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward) August 2, 2017
In other Star Wars news, co-star Woody Harrelson is also following the “sunny-side up” message of the director saying, “the Force is still very much with us,” and that “it’s great that Ron came along when he did.” So progress marches on. According to sources, when Howard re-started production back at the beginning of July there was about 11 more weeks of production planned, so we’re about halfway through that schedule now. In the meantime, Han Solo is still on course for a May 2018 release date.
We’ll have more news as it becomes available.