Star Woes: Han Solo Film Directors Leave Project

Published June 21st, 2017 - 07:46 GMT
Phil Lord and Chris Miller. (James Atoa/UPI)
Phil Lord and Chris Miller. (James Atoa/UPI)

Phil Lord and Christopher Miller are no longer directing the untitled Han Solo spin-off from the Star Wars films; however, the project remains scheduled for a May 2018 release.

"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," Kathleen Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm, said Tuesday.

"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," Lord and Miller said in a joint statement.

The movie is an origins story for the iconic smuggler Harrison Ford played in four Star Wars blockbusters. Alden Ehrenreich will play the younger version of the character. The new movie will co-star Donald Glover (The Martian), Joonas Suotamo (Star Wars: The Force Awakens), Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones), Woody Harrelson (True Detective), Thandie Newton (The Pursuit of Happyness) and Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Fleabag).

Lord and Miller are known for their hits Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (2009), 21 Jump Street (2012), 22 Jump Street (2014) and The LEGO Movie (2014).


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