Solo: George Lucas Directed A Bit Of The Upcoming Star Wars Film

The first Star Wars movie aired in 1977. Forty years later the franchise continues to expand

The first Star Wars movie aired in 1977. Forty years later the franchise continues to expand

It has become a treasured tradition - like the president throwing out the first pitch at a World Series game - when the creator of "Star Wars", filmmaker George Lucas, visits the set of a movie in the saga he sold to Disney in 2012. Keep an eye out for it when Solo: A Star Wars Story opens on May 25th! The initial directors, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller ("The Lego Movie", "21 Jump Street") are known for their irreverent sense of humor, something that first excited many "Star Wars" fans when the pair was enlisted for the stand-alone installment. Reportedly reshooting a big portion of the movie, it's hard to know whether the finished product will be anywhere near the same as it could have once been. "Yeah, I just don't want to do that", she said. I'm working on a script.' And I said, "Well, what is it?' And he said, 'Oh, it's a little bit like Flash Gordon, but it's not Flash Gordon, but I liked those movies when I was a kid and those comics and things'".

While the majority of fans - both Star Wars and just movie fans in general - viewed the prequels as some kind of personal attack, the reviews at the time were spectacularly kind, with Attack Of The Clones clocking up 66% on Rotten Tomatoes, and Revenge Of The Sith is sitting pretty with 79%. "And it was kind of mind-blowing". Howard added that the movie is a labor of love from everybody involved.

This had pundits questioning how much of the film Howard has redone - following talk Lord and Miller were axed because they strayed too far from Lucasfilm's vision of the instalment.

"Tell them I told you everything you needed to know, and that you can't tell anyone", Fold reportedly said. Now, it sounds like those fans will be getting their wish...sort of.


In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, it emerged Howard only took two days to sign on to the project in June a year ago, and four to arrive on set - but he was still nervous to take on such a big task so late in the piece. But much like Obi-Wan Kenobi couldn't help but continue to guide Luke Skywalker from beyond the grave, Lucas couldn't help but offer his assistance to Howard.

"He had meant to just kind of stop by and say hi, and he stayed five hours", said Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy.

Board the Millennium Falcon and journey to a galaxy far, far away in Solo: A Star Wars Story, an all-new adventure with the most beloved scoundrel in the galaxy. 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. It's mentioned briefly in The Empire Strikes Back, though I think the first time I really noticed it in detail was in reading Heir to the Empire by Timothy Zahn.

"Yeah, I just don't want to do that".

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