It's an exciting time to be a Star Wars fan. With Disney now in charge of the property and producing a myriad of different films, we should expect a new Star Wars movie ever year for the foreseeable future. But the galaxy far, far away isn't without its challenges, as there have been a handful of directors who left their highly publicized roles. Solo: A Star Wars Story directors Chris Miller and Phil Lord were canned toward the end of filming, with Ron Howard stepping in to complete the standalone film. Now Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy has opened up about the choice to part ways with the duo, saying:
While Chris Miller and Phil Lord may have been a bit humiliated when news of their firing first broke, Kathleen Kennedy seems like she's trying to mend fences a bit. Kennedy is chalking it up to it all up to different work styles or, as it's more commonly referred to, "creative differences". That was previously the official reason given for the parting, and why Miller and Lord were reportedly escorted offset in midst of shooting Solo: A Star Wars Story.
During her conversation with EW, Kathleen Kennedy expanded on the duo's Star Wars departure, continuing to praise Chris Miller and Phil Lord's comedic timing and abilities. She also echoed Miller and Lord's previous comments about having a different process and approach to filmmaking.
Indeed, there were many fans who were worried about Solo "getting it done" at all. While a first trailer finally arrived with the Super Bowl, there has been a noticeable lack of updates coming from team Lucasfilm. The movie is only a few months away, and we still don't know very much about its contents or characters. This was doubly alarming considering how rabid the fandom was following Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
Solo: A Star Wars Story will arrive in theaters on May 25th, 2018. In the meantime, check out our 2018 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.
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