Big news from the Star Wars universe: it seems that Phil Lord and Christopher Miller have stepped down from directing what is generally referred to as Han Solo: A Star Wars Story (also known as The Young Han Solo Movie), which began production back in February.
Not surprisingly, the reason for their departure is chalked up to creative differences, but what does surprise a little is the filmmakers addressing it in a statement: "Unfortunately, our vision and process weren't aligned with our partners on this project. We normally aren't fans of the phrase 'creative differences,' but for once this cliche is true. We are really proud of the amazing and world-class work of our cast and crew."
Said Kathleen Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm, "Phil Lord and Christopher Miller are talented filmmakers who have assembled an incredible cast and crew, but it's become clear that we had different creative visions on this film, and we've decided to part ways. A new director will be announced soon."
Deadline has reported that Ron Howard could be the person stepping into the director's chair. There had been rumblings that Lawrence Kasdan, who co-wrote the script with his son, Jon, would take over, but the site believes the job will ultimately go to Howard.
Han Solo stars Alden Ehrenreich in the title role with Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian and other stars including Emilia Clarke (Terminator Genisys), Thandie Newton (Westworld), Joonas Suotamo as Chewbacca and Woody Harrelson.
While promoting his next film, War For The Planet Of The Apes (and prior to the director change), Harrelson considered the idea that he had already been a part of a huge franchise with The Hunger Games, but now can count Apes and Star Wars among his credits as well.
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"I just feel really lucky," he enthuses. "It continues to surprise me that I get anywhere, much less these projects that I really feel lucky to be a part of. Who knows how long until I'm doing infomercials at two in the morning? I'm having a good time [on Star Wars]. Again, I feel lucky. I think this particular movie is a fantastic script that Lawrence and Jonathan Kasdan wrote. Amazing actors, unbelievable set design. I have a great feeling about this project. I think it could be one of the best ones."
"Look," Harrelson continues, "when you make a great movie, no matter what it is, it's lightning in a bottle. We just hope we get the chance to make another one; that this one turns out great."