Ron Howard and Lawrence Kasdan are two named being bandied about to take over the director's chair of Lucasfilm's untitled Han Solo film, according to Deadline. Howard is reportedly the front-runner to replace Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, although the Hollywood trade says that Kasdan - who co-wrote the Han Solo screenplay - has also been mentioned.
On Tuesday, Lucasfilm announced that Lord and Miller had been removed from the Star Wars solo film over "creative differences," with a new director coming onboard "soon." This is a rather unique situation, as this comes four months after filming had begun.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story reportedly had similiar director troubles, with co-writer Tony Gilroy brought in to film reshoots in place of original director Gareth Edwards. Fantastic Four director Josh Trank stepped down from a seperate, unspecificed Star Wars film in 2015.
Howard is best known for directing Apollo 13 and The Da Vinci Code, but also has deep ties with Lucasfilm - having appeared in George Lucas' first film, American Graffitti, and directed the fantasy film Willow.
Kasdan has a long association with Lucasfilm as well, having co-written The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, The Force Awakens, and the as-yet-untitled Han Solo film. Although not as prominent a director as Howard, Kasdan did helm Body Heat, The Big Chill, and Dreamcatcher.
The untitled Han Solo film is scheduled for release May 25, 2018.