Lucasfilm is set to name acclaimed director Ron Howard to direct its upcoming Han Solo film, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Howard was on the reported shortlist of directors to replace the previous team of Phil Lord & Christopher Miller, who were unexpectedly let go from the project earlier this week after several months of filming.
According to THR, Howard is still in the process of meeting with the cast and crew and reviewing the footage that has already been shot. The still-untitled Han Solo film was only scheduled to shoot for three more weeks. It is unknown how the change in directors will affect the film's production timeline, however five weeks of reshoot time was also scheduled for the film, as is standard procedure for major Hollywood productions.
The announcement is expected to come Thursday. Han Solo is due out in theaters May 25, 2018.