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Donald Glover Speaks Out About Han Solo Film Director Switch

The Han Solo standalone movie director shift was a surprise to us all, leaving the fate of the beloved scoundrel’s origin story questionable. Former directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller were fired this past June over “creative differences”, and were immediately replaced by Academy Award winner Ron Howard (A Beautiful Mind).

Many of the cast and crew have lent their perspectives on the abrupt exchange, the latest being Donald Glover, who is to play Lando Calrissian in the film. In his latest cover story with The Hollywood Reporter, Glover explains what it was like to be caught in the middle of a director’s dispute:

“To be honest, I don’t know exactly what happened. I feel like I was the baby in the divorce, or the youngest child. The oldest child is like, ‘We know what’s happening, but we are keeping you out of it.’ And I’m just like, ‘Was that scene good? How did you feel?’”

Although ecstatic about working with Howard, he voiced his consternation over departing from the two directors that purposefully chose him for the role:

“Ron is such a legend, and he knows exactly what the vision for what he is doing is … [but Phil and Chris] hired us, so you sort of feel like, ‘I know I’m not your first choice …’ And you worry about that.”

Glover is surrounded by an all-star cast, including Emilia Clarke, Woody Harrelson, and Alden Ehrenreich as the legendary Han Solo. Harrelson also commented about the transition to Uproxx, cheerfully stating:

“Ron is great. He’s awesome. He’s such a gentleman and so prepared. And I loved Chris and Phil. But I think we did land in very capable hands.”

Then, he jokingly added:

“Obviously, the Force is with us.”

How do you feel about the directorial change in the middle of production? Do you think it will change the film for better or worse? Let us know below.

The untitled Han Solo film is set to release May of 2018.

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