George Lucas directed a shot for 'Solo' when he visited the set

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I think George felt pretty great about that.

And it wasn't just because Ron Howard had taken over the project - following the firing of its original directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller ("The Lego Movie") - who Lucas has known since the 1970s when he directed Howard in "American Graffiti". He acknowledged that Lord and Miller's "fingerprints are all over the movie", but said his goal has been to help create an engrossing film that quickly pulls fans into its world - and away from all the meta-noise that surrounds so many event movies. In the end, we shouldn't really be able to tell the difference anyway. However the director was tight-lipped about the workload distribution and made a decision to (incorrectly) quote Han Solo by saying, "As Han says, Don't tell me the percentages".

It's certainly no secret that Solo: A Star Wars Story turned into an absolute mess last summer when directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller left the production with just three and a half weeks of shooting due to creative differences they had with Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy and screenwriter-producer Lawrence Kasdan. I could understand why you'd ask, and some might even be curious, but look, everybody who has been involved in this has done nothing but love what this movie could be, and that's been the vibe around it. He had this to say. And I think both Chris and Phil are enormously talented and incredibly amusing. "But when I learned that this change was happening, it just came in a moment where I was working on lots of new projects for Imagine [the film and TV production company], and I had not planned to direct anything past year", he explains.

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But it was a little different when Lucas came to the set of "Solo: A Star Wars Story". Decades of looking at the classic appearance of the Falcon from older movies mean that the idea of changing its aerodynamics, even slightly, won't sit well in the brains of many long-term Star Wars fans.

"It's disappointing that any company ever feels like they have to make a change like that". There's still some negativity surrounding the movie, but as more information is teased, that negativity begins to dissipate a bit, leading to more curiosity and excitement.

We have been told that "These new films will be separate from both the episodic Skywalker saga and the recently announced trilogy being developed by Rian Johnson, writer-director of Star Wars: The Last Jedi".

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