Ron Howard had his work cut out for him stepping into Solo: A Star War Story – not only in working with a beloved franchise but picking up for other directors and the vision created 40 years ago by George Lucas. Howard told Stephen Colbert on The Late Show that Lucas – who he has known since the '70s, before Star Wars – is still invested in his characters and in what Han and Chewy would do in Solo . Howard recalled a day when Lucas visited the Solo set and observed a scene, casually saying "You know what Han would really do there?" "I said, 'What?'" Howard told Colbert. "And he told me the joke, he gave me a little joke. And I said, 'Hey, guess what? Here’s what we’re gonna do in the next take.' So I know when I hear a good idea." The fact that Lucas, as well as scribes Lawrence and Jonathan Kasdan, was as invested in telling Han Solo's origin story while being true to the original films should comfort Star Wars fans anxiously awaiting Solo . Colbert also tried to get Howard to spill some details about the upcoming movie (the Kessel Run!), but given that Howard had to sign an NDA the second he joined the project, he kept quiet. Solo flies into theaters May 25. Find showtimes and theaters near you.
The way George Lucas intended the "Star Wars" franchise to play out changed dramatically between "Return of the Jedi" and "The Last Jedi," according to a new interview with Mark Hamill.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Wielding a silver shovel instead of a lightsaber, "Star Wars" creator George Lucas joined a handful of elected officials Wednesday in breaking ground on a billion-dollar museum dedicated to the art of visual storytelling.
Art students have transformed Ralph McQuarrie's earliest concept art into a trailer for an alternate galaxy far, far away.
"To my knowledge, I was never going to be in VII, VIII, IX, anyway. It was going to be in the future with all new characters," Mark Hamill says.
"Wonder" director Stephen Chbosky explains what it took to bring characters from the galaxy far, far away into the crowd-pleasing family film.
Whether it's a Death Star run or a walk around the block, these are the kicks 'Star Wars' fans will be looking for in a few days from shoemaker Sperry
The Force is with Los Angeles. George Lucas has selected L.A. over San Francisco to be home to his $1 billion museum, with the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art set to feature pieces from the filmmaker’s personal collection, including memorabilia from Star Wars and other films, vintage photographs and an impressive selection of traditional paintings. The museum is eyeing a May 4, 2020, launch, according to Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti.
George Lucas created the character of professor-archaeologist-adventurer Indiana Jones back in the early ’80s, and had a primary hand in conceiving the stories featured in his first four feature films (all directed by Steven Spielberg). However, when asked about the in-the-works fifth installment in the popular franchise, screenwriter David Koepp revealed that, this time around, Lucas hasn’t been involved in the story process.
Just before the lights dimmed and the main attraction began at Monday night’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens world premiere in Hollywood, Kathleen Kennedy offered a lovely, extremely personal story that illustrated the interconnectedness — and serendipity — of the Star Wars galaxy.
In the original Star Wars, director George Lucas introduced audiences to a wondrous alien hangout called the Mos Eisley Cantina (and got this song stuck in all of our heads forever). Lucas, who envisioned the bustling alien cantina before he’d even come up with a plot for Star Wars, actually shot the scene twice: Once in London, and then the following year in Los Angeles, with a whole new cast of alien creatures.
THR exclusive: In recent interviews, the director has called his relationship to the franchise “a divorce” and said his involvement in the new film would “probably ruin a vision.”
When George Lucas released the first Star Wars film in 1977, he not only proved that big-budget science fiction could be successful, he also demonstrated that flying spaceships and a planet-pulverizing Death Star could be pulled off with the right special effects. This month’s issue of Wired dives deep into the history of ILM, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year.