“At Lucasfilm, we believe the highest goal of each film is to delight, carrying forward the spirit of the saga that George Lucas began 40 years ago,” said Kathleen Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm. “With that in mind, we’re thrilled to announce that Ron Howard will step in to direct the untitled Han Solo film. 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 becomes the first Academy Award-winning director to helm a Star Wars film. The 63-year old also has a longtime relationship with Star Wars creator George Lucas, having starred in the director’s Oscar-nominated 1973 hit American Graffiti. The still-untitled Han Solo film stars Alden Ehrenreich, Donald Glover, Thandie Newton, Woody Harrelson, Michael K. Williams, and Emilia Clarke, and it is scheduled for release on May 25, 2018.