George Lucas hasn't had anything to do with Star Wars since Disney's 2012 purchase of Lucasfilm, but he nevertheless lent a hand, and helped to direct a scene for Solo: A Star Wars Story.
Entertainment Weekly details how, and why, Academy Award winner Ron Howard came on board to direct the film after the firing of Phil Lord and Chris Miller. In the process, the magazine reveals the moment when Lucas helped work out a scene involving Han Solo.
Lucas, who worked with Howard on 1973's American Graffiti, paid a visit to the Solo set on the director's first day. But what may have began as a demonstration of moral support quickly turned into something more.
"He had intended to just kind of stop by and say hi, and he stayed five hours," Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy recalled. “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,” she continued. “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."
Directed by Ron Howard from a script by Lawrence and Jon Kasdan, Solo: A Star Wars Story stars Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo, Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian, Emilia Clarke as Qi’ra and Joonas Suotamo as Chewbacca. They’re joined by Thandie Newton as Val, Phoebe Waller-Bridge L3-37, Paul Bettany as Dryden Vos and Woody Harrelson as Tobias Beckett. The film arrives in theaters on May 25.