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Ron Howard Explains His History with 'Star Wars' in New Interview

Ron Howard is opening up about his history with the Star Wars franchise and director George Lucas upon the news that he is the new director of the Han Solo spin-off movie.

The 63-year-old director says that the gig was “a little opportunity that came my way.”

Ron spoke out on Friday (June 23) while being interviewed at the Cannes Lions Festival.

“I’ve been around the Star Wars universe from the beginning,” he said (via Deadline). “When I was being directed by George Lucas on American Graffiti in 1972, we were standing out in front of Mel’s Drive-In in San Francisco where we were shooting and I said, ‘Do you know what you think your next film might be?’ And he said, ‘Yeah, I want to do a science fiction movie, but a really fun one like Flash Gordon with the effects of Stanley Kubrick’s 2001.’ I thought, ‘That sounds like a kind of crazy idea.’”

Ron also said how he and his wife waited in line for two hours to see the first Star Wars movie in 1977 and they loved it so much that they waited another 90 minutes to see it again that same day!

“So many people involved with the Star Wars franchise are friends, so it’s gratifying to be able to lend my voice to the universe — coming in when it’s already been in production and there is a great amount of work done,” he added.

Ron Howard to Direct Han Solo Movie After Directors' Exit

Ron Howard has been named the new director of the upcoming untitled Han Solo movie following co-directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller‘s exit from the film.

The Oscar-winning filmmaker was the first director rumored to be in the running to replace the 21 Jump Street directors and now the news is official.

“At Lucasfilm, we believe the highest goal of each film is to delight, carrying forward the spirit of the saga that George Lucas began forty years ago,” said Kathleen Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm. “With that in mind, we’re thrilled to announce that Ron Howard will step in to direct the untitled Han Solo film. We have a wonderful script, an incredible cast and crew, and the absolute commitment to make a great movie. Filming will resume the 10th of July.”

Howard has been friends with George Lucas for decades and he even revealed a couple years ago that Lucas approached him to director The Phantom Menace in the late 90s.

The movie still has several weeks left of production and Howard will reportedly begin working immediately to review the footage already shot and figure out a plan of action to move forward with completing principal photography.

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Erin Moran's 'Happy Days' Co-Stars Henry Winkler, Ron Howard, & More React to Her Death

Celebs are speaking out to pay tribute to Erin Moran, whose untimely death was reported on Saturday (April 22).

The actress, best known for her role as Joanie Cunningham on Happy Days and then on Joanie Loves Chachi, passed away at the age of 56 of unknown causes.

Ron Howard, who played Erin‘s older brother Richie Cunningham in Happy Days, and Henry Winkler, who played Arthur “Fonzie” Fonzarelli on the same show both took to Twitter to remember their late friend.

Don Most (Ralph Malph in Happy Days) and Erin‘s Gunsmoke co-star Willie Aames also paid their respects.

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T.R. Knight & Geoffrey Rush Premiere Their New Show 'Genius' at Tribeca Film Festival 2017

TR Knight suits up for the premiere of his upcoming show Genius on Thursday night (April 20) during the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival at BMCC Tribeca PAC in New York City.

The 44-year-old actor was joined at the premiere by his co-stars Geoffrey Rush, Johnny Flynn, Samantha Colley, and Eugene Simon along with Katie Couric and Ron Howard.

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Genius follows the life of Albert Einstein, with Geoffrey playing the legendary physicist in his later years, while Johnny plays Einstein in his younger days.

Genius is set to air on National Geographic on April 25.

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Bryce Dallas Howard, Thandie Newton, & Julia Stiles Stun at BAFTAs 2017!

Bryce Dallas Howard, Thandie Newton, and Julia Stiles all look stunning while walking the red carpet at the 2017 EE British Academy Film Awards on Sunday (February 12) at Royal Albert Hall in London, England.

Also in attendance at the event were Jessica Brown Findlay, Holliday Grainger, and Bryce‘s director dad Ron Howard.

FYI: Bryce is wearing a Solace London dress and Jimmy Choo shoes. Thandie is wearing an Osman gown. Julia is wearing a Maria Korovilas dress, YSL shoes, an RVN bag, and Ara Vartanian jewelry. Jessica is wearing a Bottega Veneta dress, Jimmy Choo shoes and bag, and Swarovski jewelry. Holliday is wearing an Ulyana Sergeenko dress, Jimmy Choo shoes and bag, and Forevermark diamonds.

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Olivier Martinez Suits Up For 'MARS' New York Premiere - Watch Trailer!

Olivier Martinez is dapper in a grey suit while attending the premiere of his brand new mini-series MARS held on Wednesday (October 26) in New York City.

The 50-year-old actor was joined at the event by his co-stars Ben Cotton, Anamaria Marinca, Cosima Shaw, Jihae, Sammi Rotibi and Clementine Poidatz, executive producers Brian Grazer and Ron Howard, as well as American Horror Story star Cuba Gooding Jr., who came out to show his support.

The year is 2033, and mankind’s first manned mission to Mars is about to become reality. National Geographic Channel’s MARS is the story of how we make Mars home, told by the pioneers making it possible – Watch trailer below!


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Tom Hanks & Felicity Jones' 'Inferno' Expected to Top Box Office

Tom Hanks and Felicity Jones walk the red carpet at a special screening of Inferno at the DGA Theatre on Tuesday (October 25) in Los Angeles.

The actors were joined at the event by co-star Omar Sy, director Ron Howard, and Tom‘s wife Rita Wilson.

Inferno is set to hit theaters this Friday and the latest installment in the Robert Langdon film franchise is expected to top the box office.

Sony is predicting that the film will debut between $20-25 million in its first weekend, according to Variety.

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