After the abrupt departure of former directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller, veteran filmmaker Ron Howard stepped into a very tough situation, shepherding the Han Solo spinoff through the rest of shooting and eventual completion. Fans might understandably be worried, but Howard has opened up to calm those fears. The short version: Totally cool. Nothing to see here (yet), move along.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Howard said production is “coming along great,” noting the project is shooting with “a fantastic script” and “a great cast” that is “incredibly strong — smart, funny people who love their characters and love being part of this.” He went on to note he’s having a “fantastic creative experience” with it (an interesting choice of words, considering Lord and Miller complained of a lack of creative freedom), and he believes they’ll “do something that is a lot of fun.”
Indeed, Howard's recent social media postings seem to be in keeping with such fun, and have gone a long way towards easing fans' fears. Like this Instagram post from earlier today...
Howard was hired to right the ship, so we wouldn't expect him to say much other than platitudes at this point in the game, but it’s still encouraging to hear a filmmaker like Howard talking about how he believes this project will all work out in the end — and he’s right — the cast really is a promising group of talent. Alden Ehrenreich is relatively unproven, sure, but Donald Glover, Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, and Thandie Newton are all pretty great. Oh, and it sounds like Howard even found some space for his brother Clint Howard in a cameo (Clint frequently pops up in small roles in his brother's films).
If the script is solid, and with Howard at the helm, there’s a good chance this really could turn into a great film. Here’s hoping, at least.
The untitled Han Solo flick opens May 25, 2018.
(Via The Hollywood Reporter)