Entertainment Weekly has posted an interview with Ron Howard, director of Solo: A Star Wars Story. Howard discusses his history with George Lucas, how his involvement in Solo came to be after original directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller departed the project — and he also shares that Lucas himself directed a small bit of the film. The entire interview is spoiler-free, and definitely worth a read.
You can read about Lucas’ involvement below:
“He came by to visit the first day that I picked up shooting. George and his wife, Melody, came by to pay a little set visit. It made me feel great,” Howard says.
Lucas, the father of Star Wars who handed it off to another generation to become the grandfather of Star Wars, even gave him some advice that sounds straight out of the Obi-Wan playbook.
“He told me just trust my instincts, you know?” Howard says with a laugh. “I know he kind of fundamentally feels like, first and foremost, [these films are] sort of for 12-year-old boys, and yet even he knows that it’s grown so far beyond that, and the fans have grown with the series in a great, important way. So he didn’t offer a lot of advice except, ‘You’ll get this.’”
That brief set visit became a longer one. And a longer one.
“He had intended to just kind of stop by and say hi, and he stayed five hours,” Kennedy says. “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.’”
In other words, George Lucas helped direct a small part of Solo.
“It actually is a funny little bit that will probably get a laugh,” Kennedy says. “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.
Lucas’ final wisdom for his old American Graffiti actor: “just enjoy this.”
How amazing is that? It’s truly wonderful to know that George Lucas still feels an attachment to, and affection for, the characters he created. It makes Solo all that more special.
You can read the rest of the interview at EW.com.
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