While we’re all still coming down from the shock of hearing Phil Lord and Chris Miller getting canned from Young Han Solo, LucasFilm has brought on what they consider a “calming presence” and a “safe choice” in Oscar-winning director Ron Howard. Those aren’t the words I’d use for a guy of his caliber either, but maybe that’s why I’m not in the PR game.
As stated in my article about the topic of Lord and Miller’s firing yesterday, there just isn’t a strong enough pull for me or other Star Wars faithfuls that this was ever a good idea in the first place. The directors were the only real reasons that pulled us into the project at all and now the studio is calling Ron Howard a safe choice to step in and finished the work started by Lord and Miller.
What makes this story bizarre at it’s core is the differences in these respective directors catalogs. Lord and Miller are the colorful, vibrant directors of the modern era while Howard is best when he is creating real life, non-fiction stories which you can see in A Beautiful Mind, Rush, Apollo 13, and so on. How contrasting will these different sections be in the film and how much of it will we notice?
The cast is still outstanding which is something we’ve all, including myself, tend to forget through all the thorns that are these story details, but when Alden Ehrenreich, Donald Glover, Woody Harrelson, Thandie Newton, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Michael K. Williams, Emilia Clarke, and Ian Kenny are in your movie, you better do something pretty outstanding with it.
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