EW has put out yet another article covering Solo: A Star Wars Story, and it features a chat with the film’s third director — Ron Howard. The article outlines Ron’s career — highlighting his time with George Lucas on the set of American Graffiti — which is where the two first met. It’s also where Ron started to hear about Lucas’ next project, which would become known as Star Wars.
The most interesting aspect of this piece isn’t the drama that Howard stepped into, rather it’s a little anecdote about a set visit from the Maker himself — George Lucas. Apparently early on in Ron’s takeover, George and his wife stopped by set to support Ron and to say hello. While the visit was meant to be short it turned into a five hour affair, and George himself even provided some directing tips for a scene with Han on the Falcon.
Kathleen Kennedy recounted the tale to EW by saying:
“He had intended to just kind of stop by and say hi, and he stayed five hours. There’s even one little moment in a scene that — I can’t tell you what, sorry — but in the scene on the Millennium Falcon where George said, ‘Why doesn’t Han just do this.’”
She went on to elaborate on the scene and George’s involvement by saying:
“It actually is a funny little bit that will probably get a laugh, and Ron happened to be by the monitor and not inside the Falcon and he goes, ‘Oh that’s a great idea,’ and ran in and said, ‘George wants us to do this.’ So that was pretty cool. I think George felt pretty great about that. He could revisit these characters, and I think he felt so comfortable, obviously with Ron being there, that it was just fun for him.”
I actually think that’s a really cool moment, and I hope when the movie opens in May Kennedy will reveal which scene George had a hand in directing, because after all, even with the disastrous prequels, this man is the creator of Star Wars, so anytime he is involved with these new films I think it adds a special touch, if not a bit of nostalgia.
You can catch the full article over on EW. Stay tuned for more Solo new as it becomes available.
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