It's become common place for filmmakers to share photos and videos on social media while in production on a major blockbuster... but Ron Howard is playing the game a bit differently nowadays. The director clearly has a desire to share the experience of working on the Han Solo movie with his fans, but the material he's been posting from the set hasn't exactly been riveting. Yesterday he posted a picture of his feet standing on a blue screen set, and now he's posted this fascinating video:
In case you can't figure it out, it looks like Ron Howard just finished having lunch courtesy of the craft service team, and decided to film himself throwing out the container on Twitter. Unfortunately, a lot of hardcore Star Wars nerds are probably going to waste a lot of time going into hyperdrive searching for some kind of Easter egg or special clue hidden in the footage, but good money says that there is absolutely nothing to see here. And that makes it some fine, fine internet trolling from a guy who is said to be one of the nicest people you'll ever meet.
To his credit, playing around with fans is a good PR move for Ron Howard at the moment, because what he has taken on in the last few days is no small endeavor. Last week the news broke that directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller were leaving the Han Solo movie because of creative differences, and shortly thereafter it was reported that Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy had hired Howard for the task of finishing the blockbuster. The situation has been complicated by Phil Lord and Chris Miller's fanbase (earned through The LEGO Movie and the 21 Jump Street films), which has put a lot of pressure on the replacement director. Fortunately, humor is a nice antidote for hostility, and he'll get a few laughs with this social media video.
The Han Solo movie, which still doesn't have an official title, has been in production since January, and it remains unclear how Ron Howard's presence will ultimately change the film (nor will we probably ever get a really clear idea of the vision that Phil Lord and Chris Miller had for the blockbuster). Alden Ehrenreich stars in the movie as the new Han Solo, while Joonas Suotamo is playing Chewbacca and Donald Glover is taking on the part of Lando Calrissian. The rest of the cast includes Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, Thandie Newton, Michael K. Williams and more.
The finished feature will be out on May 25, 2018, and while we don't know much about the plot, that may change in a big way in the coming weeks. It's been confirmed that Lucasfilm will have a presence at the Disney's D23 Expo in July, and that event could see a lot of new information come flooding in. As we are every time the event rolls around, we have plans to be on the ground in Anaheim, California, so be sure to stay tuned here on CinemaBlend for all of our up to the minute coverage on July 7th and July 8th.
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