He may no longer be calling the shots for what takes place in that galaxy far, far away, but the Maker himself, Mr. George Lucas, continues to at least influence new Star Wars content. How you ask? Well, according to today’s Entertainment Weekly piece on how director Ron Howard came to helm Solo: A Star Wars Story, we learn that Lucas helped determine how a small scene that takes place aboard the Millennium Falcon involving Han Solo will be playing out on the silver screen.
The exchange copied below took place during the summer of 2017 when Lucas and his wife Melody paid a visit to the Solo set just as Howard was about to start filming on the project.
“He had intended to just kind of stop by and say hi, and he stayed five hours,” Kennedy says. “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.’”
In other words, George Lucas helped direct a small part of Solo.
“It actually is a funny little bit that will probably get a laugh,” Kennedy says. “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.
Lucas’ final wisdom for his old American Graffiti actor: “just enjoy this.”
How awesome is that? What exactly did Lucas help formulate with Han? Over four decades later and Lucas is still creating new Star Wars for us to enjoy.
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