Ron Howard takes over 'Han Solo' spinoff movie

The Oscar-winning director will take over the latest addition to the "Star Wars" franchise after the directors of the highly-anticipated movie were fired.
2:08 | 06/23/17

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"Star wars" big shake-up. Why do we wait 48 minutes for this? Exactly. After the directors of the highly anticipated Han solo spin-off were fired -- Now it's Ron Howard to the rescue. They announced he will take over the latest edition and Nick watt with more from Los Angeles. Hey, Nick. Reporter: Good morning, David. Well, listen let's first get this out of the way. The Han solo stand-alone movie will still hit theaters may 25th next year. That has not changed. "Star wars" nerds, be still. Relax and enjoy the details of what just happened in a galley far away. Here's the cast of the as yet unnamed movie but it's not smooth sailing. The directors previously of "Lego movie" and "21 jump street" got canned for trying to inject too much improv comedy into the multibillion declare franchise. They released a statement. Normally aren't fans of the phrase creative differences but for once this cliche is true. Really bad feeling about this. Reporter: Chill, Ron Howard is taking over. He and Lucas go way back, Ron starred in George's "American graffiti" back in '73 alongside Harrison Ford, Han solo himself. And Ron says George asked him to direct "The phantom menace." Ron declined. Afraid, are you? Reporter: His actual quote was too daunting. Listen, by no means an unprecedented wrinkle. "Deadpool 2," "The flash" all changed directors. He won an Oscar for "A beautiful mind" and "Apollo 13," he's kind of done space before. Good to see you again. Reporter: And Ron Howard we're told will now read the scripts, view the rushes and meet the cast, Alden ehrenreich is playing the young Han and cameras roll July 10th. I'm not worried. Nothing to see here. Everything is fine. Thank for reassuring us. Coming up, that new breast

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