Director Ron Howard has posted a teaser photo from the editing room for the young Han Solo movie. Things in the Star Wars universe have quieted down a bit in the past couple of weeks following the turmoil surrounding the unexpected departure of co-directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller from the Han Solo movie last month. And while the firing of Lord and Miller turned things upside-down on the internet for a couple of days, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy immediately brought in a calming force with journeyman director Ron Howard to finish the film with three weeks of shooting left.
Howard officially began his duties on the film June 29, where he tweeted a photo from the set that essentially revealed nothing but his feet and an opened pack of bottled water. A few days later, the director posted a non-spoiler-ish video from the set (which has since been removed from Howard's Twitter account), as well as photo as he was entering Pinewood Studios in London.
On Saturday, Howard teased Han Solo fans once again, this time with an apparent shot from the editing room. There's nothing significant visible, apart from a Starbucks-inspired Star Wars coffee mug with a stormtrooper helmet logo and an appropriate slogan, "May the froth be with you." See the tweet below:
— Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward) July 8, 2017
Like his previous posts, Howard's editing room tweet doesn't really reveal anything to fans, obviously due to the strict non-disclosure agreement the director signed when he joined the film. Was he actually in the editing room? In all likelihood, yes, considering that in addition to the remainder of time he has on principal photography, Howard has lots of footage that Lord and Miller shot to wander through.
Lucky for Howard, the footage the former director duo completed is reportedly "very usable," even though star Alden Ehrenreich’s performance was allegedly not up to LucasFilm standards. At the very least, Disney licensees were reportedly "impressed" with a sizzle reel of Han Solo footage at a presentation earlier this summer.
While Howard's tweet is amusing, it's realistic to think that at some point Star Wars fans will grow tired of non-news "news" from the Han Solo set. Since Howard is relatively new to the project, perhaps he doesn't feel comfortable sharing anything from a film that he hasn't really taken ownership of yet, his presumably strict NDA aside. Hopefully, that time will come once he not only completes principal photography but the five weeks of reshoots which were previously budgeted into production. Only then will Howard be able to help shape the tone and vision that Han Solo co-writer Lawrence Kasdan originally intended.
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