George Lucas directed a scene in Solo: A Star Wars Story


George Lucas visited the set of Solo: A Star Wars Story, where he ended up directing a scene in the process.

It’s no secret that Han Solo is the pride and joy of the Maker of Star Wars, George Lucas. So, when he stopped by the set of Solo: A Star Wars Story to meet with his long-time friend — and now director of the film — it turned into a more extended visit. Lucas and Howard first met on the set of the film American Graffiti in 1972, and remain close friends to this day.

Naturally, George Lucas embraced his creative side, not only giving input but providing direction with a scene on the iconic Millenium Falcon — where Entertainment Weekly Star Wars expert Anthony Breznican gives us the details. 

Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy revealed the experience of having Lucas back on the set of a Star Wars film.

"He had intended to just kind of stop by and say hi, and he stayed five hours. 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.’"

“He came by to visit the first day that I picked up shooting. George and his wife, Melody, came by to pay a little set visit. It made me feel great.”

What a moment that had to be for Lucas, who no doubt loves this Universe even more than us passionate fans. Directing a new scene must have been so nostalgic and special — especially with a character like Han Solo who means so much to him.

Lucas also mentored Howard, giving him some “Obi-Wan” like advice while on set.

"“He told me just trust my instincts… He didn’t offer a lot of advice except, ‘You’ll get this.’”"

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Hearing advice from not only a dear friend, but the creator of a galaxy far, far away has to leave a lasting impression. All of the fears and doubts for the Solo: A Star Wars Story are in the rearview mirror, folks.

Not only is Lucas “directly” involved, but his influence lives on through the co-writers of Solo — Lawerence Kasdan and his son Jon. The younger Kasdan also co-wrote The Force Awakens, so he has a bit of Star Wars experience himself.

I know Han Solo is a character many of you wanted Lucasfilm to leave alone, but give it a chance. The film seems to be in great hands, including a helping hand from George Lucas himself.

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Solo: A Star Wars Story hits theatres, May 25, 2018, worldwide.