How Ron Howard Celebrated The End Of The Solo: A Star Wars Story Shoot

When Phil Lord and Chris Miller were dismissed as the directors of Solo: A Star Wars Story due to "creative differences," Ron Howard was quickly hired as their replacement, and he's been in London since late June to complete filming. Well now the cameras have finally captured the last bits of footage, and to celebrate the conclusion of the Han Solo movie's shoot, Howard posted the below picture.

As we saw at the end of Return of the Jedi, setting off fireworks is a good way to celebrate a Star Wars-related victory, whether it's blowing up the second Death Star or finishing principal photography on the second Anthology movie. Since joining Solo: A Star Wars Story, Ron Howard has made good use of Twitter to tease the movie's progress, so it's appropriate that commemorated the end of the shoot in the same fashion.

Needless to say that it's been a rough journey for Solo: A Star Wars Story since Phil Lord and Chris Miller departed after shooting 75% of the movie, but thanks to Ron Howard stepping in and additional weeks of filming being tacked on, a pin has finally been put into production. With seven months to go until Solo's theatrical release (a sharp contrast with the other Disney-bannered Star Wars movies, which have been December releases), the post-production team will need to work fast in order get it ready for the summer moviegoing audiences. I wouldn't be surprised if Howard posts a few more photos online as the editing process moves forward.

Taking place years before Han Solo crossed paths with Luke Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi in A New Hope, Solo: A Star Wars Story will follow Han's earlier career as a smuggler, and we'll find out how he obtained his infamous ship, the Millennium Falcon. The main cast includes Alden Ehrenreich as Han, Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian, Emilia Clarke as Kira, Woody Harrleson as Beckett, Thandie Newton, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Joonas Suotamo as Chewbacca, Warwick Davis and Clint Howard. Boardwalk Empire star Michael K. Williams was also originally supposed to appear in Solo, but due to being unavailable when the reshoots were taking place, Paul Bettany was cast as his replacement, with that character being changed from an alien to a human. It's also been rumored that Jabba the Hutt and Darth Vader will make appearances.

Solo: A Star Wars Story hits theaters on May 25, 2018. To find out what else is being released next year, take a look at our 2018 premiere guide. And for those of you itching for new Star Wars theatrical content, The Last Jedi will come out on December 15.

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