Despite that still-troubling production hiccup last June, the Star Wars standalone entry about a young Han Solo is definitely still happening and everyone is definitely still excited. I include myself in the category of "excited everyone," thanks in large part to Lando Calrissian being played by Golden Globe-winning Atlanta creator/star Donald Glover.
New director Ron Howard, who replaced Phil Lord and Chris Miller after they split from the project in June, has been slyly teasing Glover's take on the iconic Star Wars character on social media in recent days. First, in an Instagram post last week, Howard asked his followers to guess the owner of this closet:
Tuesday, Howard forced us all to zoom in quite a bit on the photo below:
And finally, mere hours ago, Howard once again forced us all to zoom in. But this time, he gave us a head-on shot of Glover in full Calrissian attire for the trouble:
For clarity, here's an admittedly shitty zoomed-in version:
Even with the increasing excitement surrounding Howard's on-set teases, the circumstances of Lord and Miller's departure remain perplexing to some fans. How, exactly, the three (Howard, Lord, Miller) will be credited on the final product remains to be seen.
Sources told the Hollywood Reporter in June that much of the tension during production stemmed from a simple "mismatch" between the Lego Movie duo and Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy. A source close to Lord and Miller added that the two felt they had been given "zero creative freedom," despite the supposed intention of Lucasfilm to find directors who would "put their own spin" on the Star Wars universe.
The untitled Han Solo film also stars Alden Ehrenreich, Emilia Clarke, Woody Harrelson, and Thandie Newton. Release is still on track for May 25, 2018.