In news that may be even more shocking than Daniel Day-Lewis’ early retirement, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller have announced that they are stepping away from Disney and Lucasfilm’s untitled HAN SOLO movie — which is in the middle of production — due to, you guessed it, creative differences.
“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,” Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy wrote in a statement that was posted on StarWars.com.
“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 cliché is true. We are really proud of the amazing and world-class work of our cast and crew,” Lord and Miller added in a joint statement.
To say this comes as a stunning development would be an understatement. Han Solo has been shooting in London since February and still has three weeks left of production, so Kennedy and Co. will have to scramble to find a replacement director.
Lucasfilm brought in Tony Gilroy late in the game to steer reshoots on its other Star Wars spinoff, Rogue One, and it’s possible they could turn to him again, or another experienced filmmaker who thrives under pressure. Director changes aren’t unusual in Hollywood, but they are at this stage in production, when the proverbial finish line is in sight.
Either way, the untitled Han Solo film remains scheduled for a May 25, 2018 release according to Disney.
Alden Ehrenreich stars in the film alongside Emilia Clarke, Donald Glover, Woody Harrelson, Thandie Newton, Michael K. Williams and Phoebe Waller-Bridge. Stay tuned to see who will be working with this impressive ensemble the rest of the way.
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