Ron Howard leads tributes after ‘Star Wars’ producer Allison Shearmur dies, aged 54

Shearmur worked on 'Rogue One' and the upcoming anthology spin-off 'Solo: A Star Wars Story' during a distinguished film career

The prominent Hollywood and Star Wars producer Allison Shearmur has died, aged 54.

Shearmur passed away yesterday (January 19) at the UCLA Medical Center in LA following complications from lung cancer, Variety reports.

The movie executive and producer – who represented the likes of Walt Disney, Universal and Paramount as an executive – worked on a number of high-profile projects during her career, earning producer credits on such films as The Hunger Games franchise, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and the upcoming spin-off film Solo: A Star Wars Story.

Shearmur was also involved in the production of films in both the American Pie and Jason Bourne franchises, while she also served as a co-producer on the forthcoming movie Chaos Walking, which will star Spiderman actor Tom Holland and Star Wars lead Daisy Ridley.

Solo: A Star Wars Story director Ron Howard has led the tributes to Shearmur, writing on Twitter that her death was “a tragic loss”.

“My heart goes out to Alli’s family whom she adored,” the director wrote. “Alli was an important colleague & friend over many years who never backed away from any challenge but at all times was both powerfully effective & graciously humanistic. RIP.”

See a selection of the tributes to Shearmur below.