Ron Howard: Solo was a 'creative experiment'

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 28 May 2018
Ron Howard

Ron Howard

Ron Howard agreed to take over the directing duties on 'Solo: A Star Wars Story' because he saw it as an "experiment."

Ron Howard saw 'Solo: A Star Wars Story' as a "creative experiment."

The 64-year-old filmmaker took over as director of the spin-off - which centres on the life of a young Han Solo before he teams up with Luke Skywalker in the main series - when Phil Lord and Christopher Miller were let go of over a disagreement and, although he was nervous about taking on such a big role, he saw it as a challenge.

Speaking on Radio 1, he said when asked if he enjoyed directing the movie: "More than I expected to. Partly because I was very grateful for a lot of the ideas that had been established, so there was something that I wasn't a party to or witness, which is this classic case of creative differences.

"But that doesn't mean that there wasn't a lot of good ideas. There were also new ideas that I was able to bring to the table. In some instances we'd change stuff a lot, and other instances we'd use elements of what was in place, and something we'd use a scene entirely - and they're brilliant guys.

"For me, it was a kind of creative experiment to build on some cool creative thoughts and some fun ideas that had been launched ahead of me - and under pressure, because I did come in and there was a release date that the studio had in mind."

However, Howard had a huge task ahead when he took on the movie as it had already been given a release date of May 25, 2018.

He explained: "I probably leaned more heavily on my instincts then any other project I've ever done. I wouldn't choose to work this way always, but it was a better creative experience than I expected it to be."

Solo: A Star Wars Story

  • 4 stars
  • 2018
  • US
  • 2h 14min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Ron Howard
  • Cast: Alden Ehrenreich, Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, Donald Glover, Thandie Newton, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Joonas Suotamo
  • UK release: 25 May 2018

The origin story of the young Han Solo (Ehrenreich), as he gets out of Corellia, meets Chewbacca (Suotamo) and Lando (Glover) for the first time, and runs into former lover Qi’ra (Clarke). Ehrenreich has just the right easy charm and despite some missteps it’s an enjoyable yarn with fine set-pieces.

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