Ron Howard

It's Ron Howard to the rescue on 'Star Wars,' but is he a new hope or an agent of the Empire?

It's Ron Howard to the rescue on 'Star Wars,' but is he a new hope or an agent of the Empire?

It’s official: Oscar-winning director Ron Howard is taking over the reins of Lucasfilm’s Han Solo “Star Wars” spin-off. Whether that’s a win for fans or the mark of a troubling turn to the dark side for the 40-year-old franchise remains to be seen.

The news comes two days after the shocking departure of “Lego Movie” duo Phil Lord and Chris Miller, the irreverent helmers whose style and vision for the prequel reportedly clashed with that of the bosses up the chain — namely, Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy and executive producer and screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan.

Their axing sparked a frenzy across the “Star Wars” galaxy Monday, given that Lord and Miller got the boot an all...

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