Ron Howard continues to tease fans from the set of the young Han Solo film - this time with a hilarious video. Not much is known in terms of the narrative that the yet-to-be-titled Star Wars anthology film will tread with Alden Ehrenreich playing the young smuggler. But it will be set in the early days of the galaxy's most beloved smuggler before we first met him at Mos Eisley in Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope.
Howard, who takes the film over following the departure of directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller, did not waste any time getting into the nitty gritty of filming, especially with principal photography having only a couple weeks left before wrap. Roughly a week after he was announced to be the new helmer of the film, he flew out to London where production is taking place. The director commemorated his first day on his new job with a photo from the Han Solo set - unfortunately, it reveals nothing as it was basically just a shoe selfie.
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This time, however, the director posted a short "behind the scenes" clip from the shoot on his official Twitter account. And while fans were so eager to check out what the video is all about, it turns out to be nothing major as it only showcases a walking shot of him throwing something in the trash. "Despite my NDA & a closed set here's a carefully chosen behind the scenes look at the #UntitledHanSoloMovie," Howard jokingly wrote in the caption. His followers took the joke good naturedly with some of them calling it an unexpected plot twist to the Han Solo film.
— Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward) June 30, 2017
It is not surprising that Howard does not dare post anything that could spoil the film. But if there is any takeaway from his recent social media movements, it is that he is highlighting his brand humor that could possibly spill into how he treats the Han Solo anthology. According to reports, a huge part of the reason Lord and Miller were let go from the job was because Lucasfilm felt that their comedic tone did not match Lawrence Kasdan's script as it was a bit too zany even for a pretty funny character.
Despite all the setbacks that the film has had in the last couple of days - from Lord and Miller's firing to Ehrenreich's performance allegedly not up to LucasFilm standards - Disney CEO Bob Iger is still confident that they will be able to pull the project off in time (the film maintains a May 2018 release date) and with great quality, especially with Howard leading the pack to the finish line.
With D23 fast approaching, a lot of fans are wondering how Disney and Lucasfilm will handle the recent PR nightmare that the young Han Solo spin-off just went through. Sources say that a lot of Lord and Miller's footage is usable and with Howard already doing work for the film, we wonder if a trailer or even a teaser will be cut in time for the annual event.
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