Lucasfilm announced only moments ago that Academy Award-winning filmmaker Ron Howard (The Da Vinci Code, Frost/Nixon) has been named as the new director of the Untitled Han Solo Film. In a statement posted on the Star Wars website, Lucasfilm had this to say:
"At Lucasfilm, we believe the highest goal of each film is to delight, carrying forward the spirit of the saga that George Lucas began forty years ago," said Kathleen Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm. "With that in mind, we're thrilled to announce that Ron Howard will step in to direct the untitled Han Solo film. We have a wonderful script, an incredible cast and crew, and the absolute commitment to make a great movie. Filming will resume the 10th of July."
Howard will be replacing previous directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, who left the project due to "creative differences."