‘Star Wars’ as big as The Beatles —Ron Howard

Oscar-winning filmmaker Ron Howard said Saturday directing a movie in the Star Wars universe was as daunting as making his Beatles documentary thanks to the intense fan love.

Howard, 64, who made the acclaimed The Beatles: Eight Days a Week (2016) about the peak years of the Fab Four, told a news conference in Southern California he felt just as much pressure on Solo: A Star Wars Story.

“The level of anticipation is unlike anything that I’ve done. You fall into it and it’s amazing. It was a little bit like the Beatles documentary that I took on,” said Howard, who won directing and producing Oscars for A Beautiful Mind (2002).

Ron Howard (left) and actor Alden Ehrenreich attend the premiere of Disney Pictures and Lucasfilm's 'Solo: A Star Wars Story' at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood.
“I could tell from the moment it was announced, ‘Ron, don’t (mess) this up.’ So I immediately felt the same thing with this. The fans care, and they should care.”

Solo, which gets its US release on May 25, charts the adventure-filled past of smuggler Han Solo—made famous in four Star Wars movies by Harrison Ford­—before he was the galaxy’s most adored scoundrel.

The second of three planned spin-offs from Disney-owned Lucasfilm, it follows Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, the second highest grossing movie worldwide in 2016.

The latest episode sees Han meet his mighty future co-pilot Chewbacca and encounter the notorious gambler Lando Calrissian, in a journey that sets the course of one of the Star Wars saga’s most unlikely heroes.

“It’s really wild. It’s really exciting and it’s bigger than you can wrap your head around. Particularly being in the Millennium Falcon, is very cool,” said Alden Ehrenreich, 28, who stars as the titular hero. AFP

Topics: Ron Howard , Star Wars , The Beatles: Eight Days a Week , Solo: A Star Wars Story
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