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FILE - In this April 24, 2017 file photo, filmmaker Ron Howard arrives at the premiere of "Genius", in Los Angeles. Howard is taking command of the Han Solo โ€œStar Warsโ€ spinoff after the surprise departure of directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller. Lucasfilm announced their replacement director Thursday, June 22, two days after Lord and Miller left the project over creative differences. (Photo by Willy Sanjuan/Invision/AP, File)

Lucasfilm announced Ron Howard will take over as director of 'Han Solo'



Lucasfilm announced Thursday that Academy Award-winning filmmaker Ron Howard is the new director of the "Han Solo" film.

โ€œAt Lucasfilm, we believe the highest goal of each film is to delight, carrying forward the spirit of the saga that George Lucas began forty years ago,โ€ Kathleen Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm, said in a statement

The "Han Solo" film is a spinoff of the "Star Wars" movie series. Howard, is well known for his roles  in TV's "The Andy Griffith Show" and "Happy Days" and the film "American Graffiti." He later went on to produce multiple films such as "Apollo 13", "A beautiful Mind," and "The Da Vinci Code."

The announcement comes weeks after the original directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller left the movie after months of filming. The company said filming will resume July 10. 

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