Ron Howard: Han Solo has been fan­tas­tic

Kuwait Times - - LIFESTYLE -

Ron Howard has praised the 'Han Solo' movie for hav­ing a "fan­tas­tic script". The Academy Award-win­ning filmmaker took over di­rect­ing 'Star Wars' spin-off story af­ter di­rect­ing duo Phil Lord and Christo­pher Miller left Dis­ney's project due to "cre­ative dif­fer­ences" with screen­writer Lawrence Kas­dan, who penned clas­sic 'Star Wars: Episode V - The Em­pire Strikes Back'. Howard has come out to re­veal he has loved every minute since he be­gan work­ing on the Dis­ney project, es­pe­cially get­ting to col­lab­o­rate with such a vi­brant young cast. Speak­ing to Heat Vi­sion, the 63-year-old direc­tor said: "It's a fan­tas­tic script, a great cast and I am hav­ing a fan­tas­tic cre­ative ex­pe­ri­ence with it. It's a great young cast, in­cred­i­bly strong - smart, funny peo­ple love their char­ac­ters and love be­ing part of this. I think we'll be able to do some­thing that is a lot of fun." Lord and Miller orig­i­nally signed up to the project in July 2015 and be­gan shoot­ing in Fe­bru­ary, but they stepped away from the movie as their "vi­sion" for the film dif­fered from what stu­dio bosses were look­ing for and were re­placed by the Academy Award win­ning direc­tor. The 'Han Solo' spin-off movie is set to fol­low a younger ver­sion of the tit­u­lar char­ac­ter, with Alden Ehren­re­ich tak­ing over the iconic part from Har­ri­son Ford. Han and his wook­iee side­kick Chew­bacca will be seen first meet­ing Lando Cal­ris­sian - which sees Don­ald Glover tak­ing on the role from Billy Dee Wil­liams - and they will also en­counter Woody Har­rel­son's al­ter ego Beck­ett, who is be­lieved to be a men­tor to young Han who guides him on his jour­ney to be­com­ing a space smug­gler. Har­rel­son, 56, in­sists any 'Star Wars' fans who may have con­cerns about Ehren­re­ich as Han have noth­ing to worry about. Speak­ing to 'En­ter­tain­ment Tonight', Har­rel­son said: "He's a great ac­tor and a great guy, with a great sense of hu­mor. I think a lot of hu­mor comes through what he's do­ing. I think it could be one of the fun­nier 'Star Wars' movies." The 'Star Wars An­thol­ogy' film is slated to be re­leased in May 2018.

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