Ron Howard hopes to honour 'great work' done on Han Solo film

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Howard appeared at the Cannes Lions advertising and media conference in France today, after officially coming in to replace departing Han Solo directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller, who were fired by LucasFilm over vast creative differences. Yesterday, it was then revealed that Ron Howard would be taking over production.

"I've been a fan forever", the Beautiful Mind Oscar victor told the audience. "It's gratifying to be asked to lend my voice to the Star Wars universe".

There are still several more weeks of filming that need to take place on the untitled Hans Solo film, plus an additional few weeks of re-shoots later this summer, according to Variety. Here's what he had to say about the material that has already been shot for Han Solo: A Star Wars Story.

The director also told the audience: "I've been around the Star Wars universe from the beginning", explained George Lucas was conceiving the story while they were working on American Graffiti. The DGA - that's the Directors Guild of America - is likely to get involved with who takes the credit for the film, and there's also the question of reshooting the work Lord and Miller have already done or using what's salvageable for the film itself. "With that in mind, we're thrilled to announce that Ron Howard will step in to direct the untitled Han Solo film". He saw it twice that day. They chose to see it again, and waited another 90 minutes to get in.

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One thing Howard wanted to make clear from the very start was that he was a fan of the Star Wars franchise and was looking forward to the opportunity to contribute to the franchise: "I've been a fan forever".

Ron Howard will be stepping in to direct the upcoming Han Solo spinoff "Star Wars" film after the original directors stepped down two days ago, Lucasfilm announced on Thursday.

Lord and Miller departed from the project after "creative differences" with LucasFilm head, Kathleen Kennedy, who stands by her strategic and practical directorial style that Disney welcomes - while Miller and Lord prefer their own, improvisational style.