As the debut of his Star Wars spinoff film Solo: A Star Wars Story fast approaches, director Ron Howard has lent his well-known voice to a video that retells Star Wars: A New Hope in the style of an Arrested Development episode.
The Arrested Development/Star Wars mashup video views A New Hope through the omniscient perspective of Arrested Development's all-knowing narrator, who can pull from the information revealed in the prequel and spinoff films. This, of course, allows Howard to poke fun at George Lucas's way of contradicting himself.
Naturally, the video plugs Howard's upcoming film Solo, pointing out that Han Solo's speedy Kessel Run would make for an interesting movie. The video also utilizes the narrator's omniscience by cutting to CG Leia receiving the Deathstar plans at the end of Rogue One, right after telling Darth Vader "5 minutes later" that she has no idea what plans he is referring to in A New Hope.
Fans of Arrested Development will recognize certain jokes utilized in the mashup, including Boba Fett getting the "Mr. F" theme music and Arrested Development's trademark way of building on a single joke, as with the continuous references to Luke's romantic interest in Leia.
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 as L3-37, Paul Bettany as Dryden Vos and Woody Harrelson as Tobias Beckett. The film opens May 25.