Ron Howard...Okay. Interesting choice if it happens.
He did Willow, way back when, didn't he? That was a Lucasfilm movie, wasn't it?
I always think of Ron Howard as a journeyman director like directors in the old studio system. He will generally turn out something solid. It might be great or maybe not, but it will be competently made.
As for the supposed comedic tone that the original directors were bringing to things...Well, I am not sure. Yes, he has some dramatic moments in the original trilogy, but ultimately Han Solo is the funny guy. Luke Skywalker is the one with the quest. Han is the guy giving him a lift.
So I think it depends on the tone. Something like Ocean's 11 in a galaxy far, far away might work well. Something broader might be a mistake for a whole film.