Star Wars creator George Lucas has offered some advice to Bryce Dallas Howard, who is one of the directors attached to the Disney+ series The Mandalorian.
Howard will make her debut as a television director with the upcoming series' fourth episode. Howard is one of several directors tapped for the Star Wars series, serving alongside Taika Waititi, Dave Filoni and Deborah Chow. Directing stories set in the galaxy far, far away also appears to be a family affair for the Howards, as Bryce's father, Ron Howard, helmed 2018's Solo: A Star Wars Story.
While talking about her documentary Dads at the Toronto International Film Festival, Howard touched on the advice the Lucas shared with her before she directed episode. "That really is the essence of collaboration and the power of collaboration," she said. "The people are just all in, give everything, own it, own the process themselves, and then are like, ‘Your turn.’ It is so exhilarating and grounding and it doesn’t ever get about the ego, because it’s all about Star Wars, which it needs to be."
Growing with Lucas and father Ron informed Howard on how collaborative the filmmaking process can be. During the interview, she shares an anecdote about watching her father and Lucas on the set of 1988's Willow. After having some issues with the narrative, Lucas convinces her father to let the film's storyboard artist David Lowery "take a crack at it."
Additionally, Howard draws from her experience as an actress in directing The Mandalorian. "We’re going to connect with the character," she explained. "Things are very character-driven. I come from the background of being an actor and understanding not just making leaps because it says something on the page, but really being like, ‘Okay, the emotional logic is really adding up here and really paying off.'"
Created by Jon Favreau, The Mandalorian stars Pedro Pascal, Gina Carano, Carl Weathers, Giancarlo Esposito, Emily Swallow, Omid Abtahi, Werner Herzog and Nick Nolte. The series premieres Nov. 12 on Disney+.