A big-name director who is also well-known to fans of vintage television is the front-runner to direct the Han Solo movie, according to Deadline.com.
Ron Howard, who transitioned from early TV roles as Opie on “The Andy Griffith Show” and Richie Cunningham on “Happy Days” to become the Oscar-winning director of “A Beautiful Mind,” is reportedly the leading candidate to helm the standalone feature.
The news comes after Phil Lord and Christopher Miller were fired Tuesday as co-directors of the project. Their exit came as a bombshell, especially considering that the film had been in production since February, Deadline notes.
“Creative differences” were cited, with Deadline noting that the pair had encountered difficulties with Lucasfilm boss Kathleen Kennedy and screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan.
Kasdan has also been mentioned as a possibility to direct. The Han Solo movie is due for release in May 2018.
Howard’s resume as a film director includes “Apollo 13,” “Cocoon,” “Frost/Nixon,” “Splash,” “Rush,” “Cinderella Man” and “Parenthood,” among many other acclaimed films.