Ron Howard hurt by response to Star Wars Solo movie

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 11 June 2018
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Ron Howard

Ron Howard has responded to a fan's tweet about 'Solo: A Star Wars Story', admitting he feels bad about the poor viewing figures the film has been receiving

Ron Howard feels hurt that 'Star Wars' fans are snubbing his film 'Solo: A Star Wars Story'.

The standalone Han Solo film - which stars the likes of Alden Ehrenreich, Donald Glover, Emilia Clarke and Woody Harrelson - has failed to capture the imagination of 'Star Wars' fans, with its global box off takings expected to peak at around $400 million.

Fan Kris Fairbanks tweeted: "I've been reading so many theories as to why 'Solo' hasn't been doing so well at the box office - sad to say, some SW fans are snubbing Solo b/c they're still upset over Last Jedi. If so, they're missing out & punishing a good film for something not its fault. (sic)"

Howard, 64, replied on Twitter: "I'm proud of #SoloAStarWarsStory and the cast & crew worked hard to give fans a fun new addition. As a director I feel badly when people who I believe (& exit polls show) will very likely enjoy a movie... don't see it on a big screen w/great sound."

It was recently reported the film is poised to become the first of the 'Star Wars' movies made by Disney and Lucasfilm to make a loss due to poor box office takings.

And Howard has revealed he saw 'Solo' as a "creative experiment".

The acclaimed filmmaker took over as director of the spin-off when Phil Lord and Christopher Miller were let go, with the pressure of completing the project in time for the release date of May 2018.

Ron shared: "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."

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.