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George Lucas Helped Direct a Scene in SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY

George Lucas Helped Direct a Scene in SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY

Solo: A Star Wars Story has quite a behind-the-scenes story. Phil Lord and Chris Miller were initially hired to direct the standalone film, but they were removed from the project in June 2017. Ron Howard stepped up to helm the movie shortly after, completing production and reshoots. In their extensive coverage of Solo in the latest issue, Entertainment Weekly (EW) discussed the transition with Howard and Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy. One tidbit of information especially stood out to me: George Lucas helped direct a scene of Solo.

Lucas visted the set of Solo the first day Howard picked up shooting. Though Kennedy said Lucas intended to just stop by, the visit extended to five hours. She told EW, “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.'”

Howard took the advice and applied it to the film. So, Lucas helped direct a scene in Solo. Thinking back to Lucas’ connection with Howard going back to American Graffiti days and that, of course, he created Han Solo, it’s a nice bow on the story. I don’t want to read too much into the visit, but I think it’s encouraging that Lucas was intrigued enough to stick around for more than a couple of hours.

Visit EW to read more about Lord and Miller’s departure from Solo and Howard taking the helm.

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Images: Lucasfilm

Amy Ratcliffe is an Associate Editor for Nerdist. She likes Star Wars a little. Follow her on Twitter.

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