There’s been a huge shakeup on the set of the Young Han Solo movie, and we’re not sure how to feel
In what is undoubtedly the largest disturbance to rock the Star Wars universe in recent memory, in a heartbreaking turn of events there’s been a little shakeup on the set of the Young Han Solo movie. Directors Chris Miller and Phil Lord have stepped away from the project, and don’t tell me you didn’t gasp out loud and put a hand over your heart (I did).
The directors have parted ways with the next stand-alone Star Wars story over the vision of the project. Miller and Lord — best known for bringing gems to the screen like 21 Jump Street and The Lego Movie — were already hard at work on the movie, which is currently shooting in London.
"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, explained in a statement on the Star Wars website.
Lord and Miller also released their own statement, and it is very somber and straight-to-the-point compared to some of their other statements, dotted with humor and Star Wars puns.
“Unfortunately, our vision and process weren’t aligned with our partners on this project," The two explain in their joint-statement. "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 still-untitled Young Han Solo focus on — what else? — Young Han Solo and his early days with Chewbacca and Lando Calrissian. Alden Ehrenreich is set to play Han, with Donald Glover portraying Lando, and the cast also includes Woody Harrelson, Thandie Newton, and Emilia Clarke all in still-unspecified roles.
According to these early reports, the movie’s release date is not changing, and a new director is already in place; however they have not been announced yet.
We have full faith in the Star Wars process, and there’s no doubt that when the Han Solo movie does hit theaters, it’ll be great. However, it’s such a bummer to hear that these two have stepped away from the cockpit. They seemed to have a fun, fresh (and FUNNY) take on the scruffy-looking scoundrel, and we miss them in the cockpit of this adventure already. They probably know.