NEW YORK • The rumours have proven true. Ron Howard will return to space to complete Star Wars' young Han Solo spin-off film, Lucasfilm announced on Thursday.
Howard, 63, who directed 1995's Apollo 13 and won Oscars in 2002 for directing and producing A Beautiful Mind, will step into the breach left suddenly this week by directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller.
They quit work on the Star Wars anthology film over "creative differences" with the bosses at Lucasfilm.
Although the movie reportedly had about two more months of shooting - including five weeks of planned reshoots - that timetable could change markedly based on how Howard and Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy decide to pivot.
The movie, which began shooting in London in late January, is still slated for release in May.
Howard worked with Lucasfilm three decades ago on 1988 fantasy film Willow, based on a story by Star Wars creator George Lucas.
The untitled Han Solo film stars Alden Ehrenreich, Woody Harrelson and Donald Glover.