Despite the change-up in leadership, Han Solo star Woody Harrelson assures fans the film is on the right track. Each new release from Lucasfilm is already met with anticipation, but the production of Han Solo has had an unexpected wrinkle added. With the highly-publicized firing of Phil Lord and Chris Miller four months into filming, many fans are worried about the state of the movie. That said, things still seem to be on track for a May 2018 release now that Ron Howard is onboard. While the director's style couldn't be more different than Lord and Miller, Howard may be able to channel something similar to George Lucas and even J.J. Abrams.
For one thing, Howard's resume is packed full of exciting and emotionally-rich films. Add in the considerable work Lord and Miller have already done, plus the leadership of Kathy Kennedy and the overall Star Wars brand, and there's every indication that a thrilling movie can still be made. As for what the actors think of all this, at least one of the major stars of the film isn't worried about the new boss.
Uproxx spoke with Woody Harrelson, who plays Han's mentor Beckett in the film, and asked him whether Howard's arrival helped calm the storm of Lord and Miller exiting:
“Oh, you can relax, man – because obviously the Force is with us.”
Letting out a boisterous laugh, Harrelson seems more than confident that things were going smoothly. Not only does he have faith in Howard, but he has no ill will towards the film's previous directors:
“Ron is great. He’s awesome. He’s such a gentleman and so prepared. And I loved Chris and Phil. But I think we did land in very capable hands.”
For those of us on the outside, we may never know where exactly Lord and Miller's film ends and Howard's begins. In fact, not much is even known about the film as it stands. Hopefully, D23 will change that as Han Solo won't be presented at Comic-Con this year.
In the meantime, tidbits from behind the scenes continue to emerge. While Howard hasn't been able to disclose much, he has been teasing fans with various vague images from the Han Solo set. Meanwhile, some photos have emerged from back during Lord and Miller's time, offering our first glimpse of Harrelson's character and possibly even Emilia Clarke's.
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