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George Lucas Back in Director’s Chair for ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ Scene

”He had intended to just kind of stop by and say hi, and he stayed five hours,“ Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy says

Did you know that when George Lucas dropped by the set of “Solo: A Star Wars Story” for a visit, he ended up directing a scene from the upcoming movie for Ron Howard?

“He had intended to just kind of stop by and say hi, and he stayed five hours,” Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy tells EW. “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 funny little bit that will probably get a laugh,” Kennedy added. “And Ron happened to be by the monitor and not inside the Falcon and he goes, ‘Oh that’s a great idea,’ and ran in and said, ‘George wants us to do this.’ So that was pretty cool. I think George felt pretty great about that. He could revisit these characters, and I think he felt so comfortable, obviously with Ron being there, that it was just fun for him.

The trailer, which dropped Monday after a teaser commercial aired during Sunday’s Super Bowl, stars Alden Ehrenreich as the younger version of the character Harrison Ford made famous in the original “Star Wars” movies.

The film also stars Thandie Newton, Emilia Clarke, Paul Bettany and Joonas Suotamo as a young Chewbacca.

Ron Howard took over as director for the film after Phil Lord and Chris Miller left the project over creative differences.

“Solo” hits theaters May 25.

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