Ex-Han Solo directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller hop aboard LEGO Movie sequel after Lucasfilm ousting

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Sep 15, 2017, 11:12 AM EDT

Following their dramatic exit from the upcoming Han Solo spin-off movie, Chris Lord and Phil Miller have returned to the brick-building movie franchise that put their names on the map: The LEGO Movie.

According to Collider, Chris Lord and Phil Miller are on board to rewrite the script for The LEGO Movie 2, which is reportedly poised to tackle gender issues. The news comes a few months after Lord and Miller were booted by Lucasfilm as the directors of the Star Wars spin-off movie starring Alden Ehrenreich as a young Han Solo and Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian. The directing duo were later replaced by Ron Howard.

Dan Lin revealed the news that Lord and Miller were back into the LEGO Movie fold, saying:

“We are going to The LEGO Movie 2. The team is all back together, so it’s [Phil] Lord and [Chris] Miller, myself and Chris McKay. Mike Mitchell is the new voice who’s coming in to direct the movie. Chris and Phil are rewriting the script right now, but we’re in production. We’re picking up where the first movie left us, where the Duplo have now come and they’re attacking Bricksburg. It’s several years later, and you’re going to see the result of that.”

(For the uninitiated, Duplos are really big LEGO bricks made for younger kids.)

Phil Lord and Chris Miller's decision to board The LEGO Movie 2 as their post-Han Solo breakup movie project was certainly a smart move, as it puts the dynamic directing duo back on familiar ground. Which can only help them move on from the messy drama surrounding their onetime Star Wars film (a fate Star Wars: Episode IX director Colin Trevorrow recently suffered as well with his ouster).

The LEGO Movie 2 is slated for release on Feb. 8, 2019.

(via Collider)