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Howard's first connection to the franchise came when he worked with a young George Lucas on American Graffiti.

Howard and Lucas go way back-all the way back to the time before Star Wars was anything but an idea in Lucas' head. Through a series of daring escapades deep within a dark and unsafe criminal underworld, Han Solo meets his mighty future copilot Chewbacca and encounters the notorious gambler Lando Calrissian, in a journey that will set the course of one of the Star Wars saga's most unlikely heroes.

Ron Howard is the current director of Solo: A Star Wars Story, having replaced the two directors of The Lego Movie, and on his first day in the director's chair, Lucas showed up on set. Additionally, Howard admits that he really didn't have anything going on either. I don't really want to explain it. I hope fans won't even think about how the movie was made. I'm working on a script.' And I said, "Well, what is it?' And he said, 'Oh, it's a little bit like Flash Gordon, but it's not Flash Gordon, but I liked those movies when I was a kid and those comics and things'".

That brief set visit became a longer one.

"He said, 'But, you know, it has, like, the grandeur of 2001, and the realism of those special effects that Kubrick created. "And then he said, 'But maybe fast.'" Howard said he was left confused by Lucas" descriptions, leaving him shocked when he saw the "mind-blowing" final product. "And it was kind of mind-blowing".

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And, it seems that Ehrenreich wasn't the only one benefiting from Ford's wisdom, as Ron Howard also sought his advice upon taking over directing duties from Phil Lord and Chris Miller.

Howard and Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy recounted Lucas' involvement with the standalone story in a recent interview with EW. But he ended up getting some help. George Lucas - the original architect of a galaxy far, far away - visited to lend some support to his friend, as Howard had directed Willow in 1988 for Lucasfilm.

"Harrison's a very thoughtful actor and an artist, and I wanted to know what he learned about the character" said Howard. I think George felt pretty great about that. So he didnt offer a lot of advice except, ‘Youll get this.”.

"He had meant to just kind of stop by and say hi, and he stayed five hours", Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy recalled. "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.' It actually is a amusing little bit that will probably get a laugh".

"It actually is a amusing little bit that will probably get a laugh", she continued. “And Ron happened to be by the monitor and not inside the Falcon and he goes, ‘Oh thats a great idea, and ran in and said, ‘George wants us to do this. I think audiences are gonna feel that love and excitement.”.

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