Star Wars: Han Solo film directors out after ‘creative differences,’ movie still going ahead
This publicity film image provided by 20th Century-Fox Film Corporation shows, from left, Harrison Ford as Han Solo, Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia Organa and Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker in a scene from the “Star Wars” movie released by 20th Century-Fox in 1977. The classic Star Wars film that launched a science fiction empire is being dubbed in the Navajo language, with casting calls scheduled Monday, April 29, 2013, in Burbank, Calif., and on May 3 and 4 at the Navajo Nation Museum in Window Rock. Potential actors don’t have to sound exactly like Princess Leia, Luke Skywalker or Han Solo, but should be able to deliver the lines with character. (AP Photo/20th Century-Fox Film Corporation)
SAN FRANCISCO — At least nobody’s calling the other “fuzzball.”
Han Solo’s epic anti-Wookie slur was not deployed in the joint announcement that the two directors for the upcoming Star Wars-spinoff Han Solo movie are permanently stepping away from the set.
“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,” Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy said in a June 20 blog post. “A new director will be announced soon.”
The departing directorial pair also commented for the blog post from San Francisco’s Lucasfilm.
“Unfortunately, our vision and process weren’t aligned with our partners on this project,” Lord and Miller said.
“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 title of the movie has not yet been determined, but it’s still scheduled for release in May 2018, Lucasfilm said.
The film will star Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo, and feature Emilia Clarke, Woody Harrelson and Donald Glover, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Shooting has been underway in London since February, the Hollywood Reporter said.
A source tells me there are three weeks left to go on the untitled Han Solo shoot. Must have been a real war for the directors to leave… https://t.co/nN389x4d9x
— Pamela McClintock (@PamelaDayM) June 20, 2017
A source told Hollywood Reporter writer Pamela McClintock that only three weeks remain for the shooting, McClintock said in a tweet June 20.
“Must have been a real war for the directors to leave,” McClintock tweeted.
Lord and Miller directed 21 Jump Street and its sequel 22 Jump Street, as well as The LEGO Movie and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.