1:48pm PT by Ryan Parker
Ron Howard Reassures Fans the Han Solo Film Is "Coming Along Great"
Relax, Star Wars fans — production on the Han Solo stand-alone film is going splendidly, according to Ron Howard.
The Oscar-winning director told Heat Vision on Tuesday the space adventure project is "coming along great."
"It's a fantastic script, a great cast and I am having a fantastic creative experience with it," he said.
Howard took the reins of the film in late June when former helmers Christopher Miller and Phil Lord were fired after clashing with Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy and screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan.
As sources detailed to The Hollywood Reporter then, the directors felt like they were being given "zero creative freedom," while the Star Wars brass was displeased by the duo's improvisational style that saw takes deviate from to Kasdan's script.
Howard, who noted he is still relatively new to the production, said the film "came with great characters, a great script and actors who inhabit those characters."
The director continued, "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 also said he enjoys the tiny production teases he shares on social media, but make no mistake, he is mindful with the posts and careful not to include even a sliver of a spoiler, the helmer assured.
Alden Ehrenreich is playing the iconic smuggler, while Donald Glover steps into the role of Lando Calrissian. Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, Thandie Newton and Phoebe Waller-Bridge also star, with Joonas Suotamo playing Chewbacca.
The as-yet untitled film is set to open May 25, 2018.