Following yesterday’s announcement that Ron Howard would be replacing Phil Lord and Christopher Miller as the sole director on the Untitled Han Solo Star Wars Story, the Academy-award winner has opened up on his chance to join the Star Wars universe and direct the spinoff.
Howard tweeted yesterday evening to share his excitement to help deliver the Han Solo spinoff but the director also appeared on stage at Cannes Lions on Friday and offered a few more thoughts on the project when being interviewed by Founder and CEO of British ad company WPP Martin Sorrell.
Reiterating the sentiment in his tweets, Howard went on to say he’s “been a fan forever,” before he added, “It’s gratifying to lend my voice to the Star Wars universe now.”
Howard himself is a longtime friend of Star Wars creator George Lucas. He first worked with the Lucasfilm founder on American Graffiti during his rise from child stardom. Lucas had actually approached Howard to direct Star Wars: The Phantom Menace which he ultimately turned down the awesome responsibility of helming the start of Anakin Skywalkers journey.
But when Howard was approached to board the Han Solo spinoff in what is likely an effort to maintain the film’s scheduled May 2018 release date, it wasn’t something he could pay on.
“I’ve been around the Star Wars universe from the beginning,” the director said as he went on to add that the idea for Star Wars sounded “crazy” when Lucas first told him about it.
Howard also went on to recall the first time he saw Star Wars in which he waited for two hours in line at the theater. “We left almost speechless, and I said, ‘Do you want to see it again? And we got in line and waited another 90 minutes to see it twice the same day.”
The Oscar winner also commented on the state of the franchise, led by his friend Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy as well as the project itself which was nearly in the can after almost six months of shooting. The film has another three weeks of principal photography on the books with five weeks of additional photography planned but this could surely change after Howard reviews a rough cut in order to determine what the project has and what changes will be necessary.
“So many people involved in the ‘Star Wars’ franchise are friends,” Howard said per Variety. “It’s already been in production, and there’s a lot of really great work there.”
The Untitled Han Solo Star Wars Story has been written by Lawrence Kasdan and son Jon Kasdan. The film stars Alden Ehrenreich as the young Han Solo along with Joonas Suotomo as Chewbacca and Donald Glover as the young Lando Calrissian. The cast also includes Thandie Newton, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Michael K. Williams, and Ian Kenny.
The Untitled Han Solo Star Wars Story is currently slated for release on May 25, 2018.
Stay tuned to Heroic Hollywood for the latest news on the future of the Star Wars franchise as we learn it.
10 Best Moments From The ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Teaser Trailer
The wait is finally over, folks. The first trailer for the eagerly-anticipated Star Wars: The Last Jedi premiered at Star Wars Celebration Orlando to rapturous applause. Now that the world has been given an official first look at what happens following the events of The Force Awakens, let’s rundown through 10 of the best moments from this incredible trailer.
These moments will range from what new story details have been revealed to just plain exciting moments of cinematic wonder that only a film series like Star Wars can conjure up. So without further ado, let’s rundown 10 highlights from this new trailer.
1. Ahch-To at sunset
In one of the first shots from the trailer, we get this gorgeous image of the island we last left Rey (Daisy Ridley) and Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) on. We already saw how director J.J. Abrams visually caught the imagery of this beautiful island, but seeing Rian Johnson’s unique aesthetic capture the environment already sets an exciting precedent for what is certainly going to be one of the most visually dynamic Star Wars films yet.
2. Kylo remnants
In this shot, we see the crushed up remains of the mask of Kylo Ren (Adam Driver). When we last left him, we see him vulnerable after his embarrassing loss against Rey in their incredible lightsaber duel. Now, Supreme Leader Snoke (Andy Serkis) is ready to help Kylo Ren complete his training. Does this crushed mask symbolize a new transformation for the character?
3. A mysterious book
We then get a close up of a gloved hand gently surveying this mysterious book. From the looks of it, it looks related to the Jedi. But could this be the Journal of the Whills? Is this book used by Luke as a reference in Rey’s training? Perhaps we will have to wait and see.
4. Lightsaber training
“It’s so much bigger.”
This incredible helicopter shot around the island is truly beautiful. We see Rey swinging around her lightsaber as she continues her training with Luke. She’s only getting a hint at the true scope of what the Force really is all about, and she still has no idea at how big her journey will truly get.
5. AT-ATs on the horizon?
We see three ships piloting down some interesting terrain on an unknown planet. The design of these ships is intriguing, but if you look closely at this shot you can see what looks like AT-AT walkers on the horizon. Much like how The Force Awakens paid tribute to A New Hope, perhaps The Last Jedi finds ways to pay tribute to The Empire Strikes Back.
6. Still asleep…
Finn (John Boyega) was left in a coma after suffering a major blow in a lightsaber duel against Kylo Ren. This is the only shot we get of him in the trailer, but it looks like he has been transferred to some sort of rehabilitation chamber. Unfortunately, we don’t get to see the former stormtrooper in action, but perhaps they are saving some of his exciting adventures for the next trailer. Hopefully, he won’t be taking a backseat. After all, he is one of our new heroes in this trilogy.
7. Poe & BB-8 on the run
The dashing Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) and his trusty droid BB-8 are shown running through a Resistance base as a major attack has been unleashed. As they run towards their X-Wing, a major explosion occurs. We don’t get to see if their X-Wing survives the explosion, but this one helluva pilot is certainly going to shine in The Last Jedi.
8. Falcon takes flight
There is no such thing as too many Millennium Falcon shots. We see the iconic ship soaring through the cloudy skies as TIE Fighters are shooting towards it. Rey took the Falcon along with Chewbacca and R2-D2 to Ach-To to find Luke. Maybe the four of them eventually escape the island at some point in the film.
Here, we have an intimidating shot of Kylo Ren with his lightsaber ignited towards the camera. Is he ready to duel against Rey again? Or maybe he’s about to fight against his uncle Luke Skywalker… Who knows, but he’s certainly not going to embarrass himself this time around.
10. “It’s time for the Jedi to end.”
In what will undoubtedly be the most quoted line in this trailer, Luke laments to Rey that the Jedi must come to an end. Daisy Ridley expressed during the panel that sometimes, meeting your own heroes may lead you to different directions. This quote is certainly an indication that something’s up with Luke. But what? Looks like we’ll have to wait until December 15 to get all the answers (and perhaps even more questions).
Star Wars: The Last Jedi will arrive in our galaxy on December 15.