George Lucas hasn’t directed a Star Wars movie since 2005’s Revenge of the Sith, but the filmmaker contributed to a small scene in the upcoming Solo: A Star Wars Story.
As Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy tells Entertainment Weekly, Lucas had originally planned to do a short set visit during production. However, the filmmaker ended up staying much longer than expected and ended up helping Ron Howard direct a scene involving the Millennium Falcon and Han Solo.
“He had intended to just kind of stop by and say hi, and he stayed five hours,” Kennedy said. “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 loved Lucas’ suggestions and ended up running with them. Though Kennedy did not reveal any further details about the scene or Lucas’ set visit, she expects fans to get a laugh out of the scene in question.
“I think George felt pretty great about that,” Kennedy said. “He could revisit these characters, and I think he felt so comfortable, obviously with Ron being there, that it was just fun for him.”
Howard and Lucas’ relationship dates back to before the original Star Wars was released, as Howard starred in Lucas’ 1973 film American Graffiti — a film that also featured original Han Solo actor Harrison Ford.
Solo: A Star Wars Story opens in theaters on May 25. For more on the film, check out what Kennedy had to say about Harrison Ford’s involvement in the making of Solo.
Source: Entertainment Weekly