Ron Howard announced via Twitter yesterday that he was officially taking over as director of the currently-shooting young Han Solo movie:
I'm beyond grateful to add my voice to the Star Wars Universe after being a fan since 5/25/77.— Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward) June 22, 2017
I hope to honor the great work already done & help deliver on the promise of a Han Solo film.— Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward) June 22, 2017
The Internet rejoiced! Howard has already proved to be a solid teammate with George Lucas after their work together on 'American Graffiti' & fans are excited to see where Howard takes the film.
Allegedly original directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller were fired from the project after finishing over three-quarters of principal photography because they were shooting more of a comedy than LucasFilm wanted the young Han Solo movie to be.