Ron Howard takes over as director of Han Solo spin-off

Filmmaker steps in after co-directors left project

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Director Ron Howard has taken over the reigns of the new Star Wars' Han Solo spin-off movie.

The actor-turned-filmmaker has been announced as the latest director of the as-yet-untitled film after previous co-directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller were revealed to be leaving earlier this week.

Howard's arrival on the production comes after it was reported Lord and Miller had 'creative differences' with producer Kathleen Kennedy and writer Lawrence Kasdan.

The film is due for release in May 2018.