In a shock move announced today, the untitled ‘Star Wars‘ film about a young Han Solo has just lost both of its directors.
This is bigger that Jabba the Hut‘s gut. This is bigger than Han Solo’s galactic-sized ego when Princess Leia told him she loved him and he just looked her dead in the eye and said, “I know.” This is HUGE.
Shooting is already underway (some sources say with less than three weeks to go), and is still scheduled for release in less than 12 months. All parties involved have given the ol’ “creative differences” cliché, but that must have been on helluva creative difference to cut ties half-way through the shoot.
In a joint statement published on the official Star Wars website today, both Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy and directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller were super calm and collected about the whole thing.
“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,” said Kennedy.
“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,” said Lord and Miller.
Of course, there’s another explanation for this whole mess.
Frankly, I think Disney made the right choice here pic.twitter.com/IWglCdSb56
— Pixelated Boat (@pixelatedboat) June 21, 2017
Although the film still holds an official release date of May 25, 2018, rumours have been flying since February that it would be pushed back till December 2018, possibly thanks to the success of ‘The Force Awakens‘ and ‘Rogue One‘, which both had December releases.
The anthology film tells the story of how a young Han Solo (Alden Ehrenreich) becomes the smuggler and thief will all fell in love / lust with in ‘A New Hope‘.
The unbelievably stacked cast includes Donald Glover as a young Lando Calrissian, Joona Suotamo as a young Chewie, Woody Harrelson as Beckett (a criminal with a heart of gold-type figure, and also mentor to young Han Solo), and Emilia Clarke, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Thandie Newtorn and Michael Kenneth Williams in yet-to-be-named roles.
Fingers crossed this film still lives up to the actors performing in it.