LucasFilm president Kathleen Kennedy has announced that Phil Lord and Christopher Miller will no longer be directing the studio’s Han Solo ‘Star Wars’ spin-off, due for release in 2018.
Speaking in a statement released just moments ago (June 20th / 21st 2017), Kathleen Kennedy said:
“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.”
Lord and Miller, who garnered critical acclaim at the helm of beloved comedies Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs, 21 Jump Street and The Lego Movie, also released a statement:
“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.”
The yet-to-be-titled Han Solo movie is set for a 25th May 2018 release date and will star Alden Ehrenreich as the beloved Star Wars character, with Donald Glover, Thandie Newton, Emilia Clarke and Woody Harrelson bringing their star power to the rest of the cast.
Details on the plot of the film are being tightly guarded, though it has been suggested that Phil Lord and Christopher Miller were seeking to bring a self-referencing comedic sensibility to the universe. The exit of the respected directors will no doubt leave many questioning the future of the Han Solo film and the wider universe of Star Wars spin-offs, though with reportedly over $100million already spent it is very unlikely that at least some of Lord and Miller’s film won’t make it into any final cut that is released in cinemas.
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