Now the story of a family who lost everything and the one son who had no choice but to keep them all together. No, it's not Arrested Development, it's actually Star Wars: A New Hope, but a new video has just debuted online featuring Ron Howard narrating the original Star Wars film in the style of the beloved sitcom, and it's absolutely perfect. Check it out, below.
What a fun, sexy time we had watching that video! Framing George Lucas' 1977 sci-fi/fantasy classic through the Arrested Development lens, we watch as Ron Howard (the narrator of the legendary series AND the director of Solo: A Star Wars Story) chronicles the story of the Skywalker family. Running through the sheer number of logical inconsistencies, misunderstandings and outright lies told by the characters, it becomes reasonably clear just how much the Skywalker family saga from the Original Trilogy actually works within the framework of the Arrested Development format.
In all honesty, it's actually somewhat striking to see just how well Star Wars fits with Arrested Development. The bizarre (and eventually incestuous) romance between Luke and Leia mirrors that of George Michael and Maeby. THe mysterious presence of Boba Fett in Mos Eisley makes for a perfect inclusion of "Mr. F." Who knows? Maybe next we will learn that stormtroopers didn't even burn down Uncle Owen's homestead. Perhaps it was T-Bone acting under the orders of George Sr.
And, of course, in genuine Arrested Development fashion, Howard is there to play omniscient narrator and directly contradict the remarks of fan-favorite characters. Han Solo claimed to know what he was doing? He didn't. Darth Vader had Luke Skywalker in his sights? He didn't.
One other thing worth noting about this Star Wars video is the fact that Ron Howard specifically acknowledges Han Solo's reference of the Kessel Run as a good idea for a movie. Fans have speculated for quite some time that the legendary adventure would appear in Solo: A Star Wars Story, and while this is clearly just a joke, Howard's direct reference of it seems only to add fuel to the speculation fire.
Weirdly enough, this is only the latest blockbuster franchise to get the Arrested Development treatment within the last week. Joe and Anthony Russo both cut their teeth on some of the most iconic episodes of Arrested Development, and they even included a blue, Never Nude Tobias Funke in the background of a scene in Avengers: Infinity War. This doesn't necessarily tie back to Star Wars in any meaningful way, but it clearly shows how pervasive Arrested Development has become in the greater pop culture landscape over the years.
Make sure to stay tuned for more updates related to everything in the Star Wars universe as more details become available to us. Solo: A Star Wars Story will debut in theaters later this month on May 25, and the main Star Wars saga will continue next year when Episode IX debuts on December 20, 2019.
Originally from Connecticut, Conner grew up in San Diego and graduated from Chapman University in 2014. He now lives in Los Angeles working in and around the entertainment industry and can mostly be found binging horror movies and chugging coffee.
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