Ron Howard has opened up about what the fans should expect when Solo: A Star Wars Story hits cinemas on May 25, 2018. In an interview on The Star Wars Show, the veteran Hollywood actor and director does his best to reassure the Star Wars fanbase that his film is true to the galaxy far, far away that we all hold so dear.
After the mixed reception of The Last Jedi, it’s no wonder fans are feeling tentative about Solo: A Star Wars Story. Ron certainly had his work cut out delivering an origin story for one the most iconic characters in film history. Enough already are the cries of #notmyluke and #notmystarwars, but many vocal fans seem ready to throw #notmyhan into the mix as well.
Howard tells us that what we’ve seen in the trailers is representative of the movie, with a more unique storytelling style than we have seen in Episodes VII, VIII, and Rogue One. Howard believes his film is befitting of Han, using a genre mash-up of western, car chase, and buddy cop film styles to deliver a film with “a lot of humour, action, and excitement” and a “70s feel”.
Fans may not know (or remember) that Ron Howard has a long history with Lucasfilm, dating back to his role in Lucas’ breakout film American Graffiti in 1973. Howard and Lucas have remained friends. In fact, George was on set from day one and even “pitched in”, offering guidance on the portrayal of Han’s character. Ron is also quick to remind us that he is and always has been a fan. He also understands the “complicated harmonic” that making a Star Wars movie requires.
So what else do we have to look forward to? Fans will be pleased to know that John Williams is back in the composer’s chair with a new Han Solo theme. Also, keep an eye out for Ron Howard’s brother, Clint, who makes his Star Wars debut (continuing a longstanding Howard tradition of casting family members) in a scene which introduces the audience to new droid L3-37.
Ultimately, however, Howard shows that his understanding of Han runs deep. This is a film about Han’s duality; the conflict of his outlaw spirit against the fact that he’s actually a great guy… and hates it. This is a film about what defines Han. Whilst remaining faithful to Star Wars lore, for once this isn’t a film about a great war but about scoundrel that we all love and a story we can “lose ourselves in”.
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Watch the full interview here: