Ron Howard is now directing the Han Solo movie. Image: Star Wars

It’s been a tumultuous few days in a galaxy far, far, away, but the man who has emerged to steer the Han Solo movie is already handling it like a champ.

In his first public statements since officially being announced as director, Ron Howard took to Twitter to be gracious and professional.

Of course, Howard is not just a former child star turned Oscar-winning director with a very impressive resume.He worked with Lucasfilm in the 1980s when he directed Willow for producer George Lucas, starred in Lucas’ classic film American Graffiti, and was actually considered to direct The Phantom Menace back before Lucas himself took over.

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As previously reported, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy outlined what will be happening next with Phil Lord and Chris Miller out and Howard in:

We have a wonderful script, an incredible cast and crew, and the absolute commitment to make a great movie. Filming will resume the 10th of July.

Howard will spend the time before then going through the footage that has already been shot, talking to the actors, and formulating a plan to finish the film with an eye on its May 2018 release date.

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