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As the creator of Star Wars, George Lucas will always be synonymous with the franchise. Even though he no longer has any direct oversight or involvement with the making of Star Wars content after selling Lucasfilm to Disney in 2012 for over $4 billion, his legacy with this franchise is cemented. Moreover, his work will always influence future directors who work on Star Wars projects. This is certainly the case with Ron Howard, director of Solo: A Star Wars Story, who has been friends with George Lucas for over forty years.
Collaboration With George Lucas
Now, in an interview with Entertainment Weekly, it has been revealed that George Lucas and Ron Howard collaborated on a small scene in Solo. In-depth details about this scene and collaboration were not fully disclosed. But, we did gain some insight into what occurred thanks to Kathleen Kennedy, President of Lucasfilm. Here is what she had to say on this collaboration:
“He [George Lucas] 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’. 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”.
Ron Howard also spoke about George Lucas’s set visit and the advice his long-time friend gave him about directing a Star Wars film:
“He told me just trust my instincts, you know? 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’”.
While I would have concerns if George Lucas was having a larger involvement in the production of Star Wars films, I am fine with this extremely minor collaboration with Ron Howard. It will be interesting to see if we notice this minor detail that George Lucas had a hand in creating for Solo.
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