Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy said for BBC that she was “thrilled” that Ron Howard had joined the Han Solo team as director.
The currently untitled movie is expected to resume filming on 10 July and is due to be released next year.
Ron Howard is an award-winning filmmaker. He is known for his directing roles in The Da Vinci Code, Frost/Nixon, The Grinch, Rush and Inferno.
Howard directed and produced “Cinderella Man” starring Oscar winner Russell Crowe, with whom he previously collaborated on “A Beautiful Mind”, for which Howard earned an Oscar for Best Director and which also won awards for Best Picture, Best Screenplay and Best Supporting Actress.