Ron Howard shares photo from set of Han Solo

Tweet shows new Star Wars standalone director has a mischievous side too

Given the recent histrionics surrounding the still untitled young Han Solo film, fans would forgive newly appointed director Ron Howard if he took his new role very, very seriously.

However, on Thursday, the Academy Award-winner showed that his sense of humor remains intact.

By all accounts, it was a fun first message from the set from Howard, who–at heart–is a Star Wars fan. However, that didn’t keep the pic from setting the Internet ablaze as folks tried to garner something from the director’s first message from the set.

Google search: “ron howard han solo tweet” returned 861,000 results

As many have pointed out, there’s just not much to cull from that missive. But that’s certainly the point.

Perhaps, it was Howard’s subtle way at getting a little light-hearted revenge on all the tweeps who ran with the jokes when he was first announced as the director to take over for Phil Lord and Chris Miller.

As CNet’s Gael Fashingbauer Cooper reported on June 22nd:

Many directors are just names to most of us, but Howard is a face, a voice and a life.
So when it was announced Thursday that he’d be directing the Han Solo solo film, after Phil Lord and Christopher Miller’s departure, it kinda felt like Lucasfilm had handed the directing reins over to everyone’s little brother. Naturally, Happy Days came to social media snarksters, right up until the joke jumped the shark.

MSW has shared that link before, but it’s worth another look, as is the new thread started by Howard. However the best reply to the director’s message might be the first one:

The Han Solo standalone film’s release date remains in May 2018.


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John Bishop

A graduate of Boston and Northeastern universities, John Bishop became the beat reporter for prior to the B’s 2006-07 hockey season. While with the Bruins, “Bish” traveled North America and Europe to cover the Black & Gold’s every move via laptop, blog, and smart phone. The co-author of two books, Bygone Boston and Full 60 to History: The Inside Story of the 2011 Stanley Cup Champion Boston Bruins, John covered the XXI Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver in 2010 and the B’s 2011 championship run and banner raising before taking a faculty/communications position at a prep school outside Boston in 2013. He lives with his wife Andrea and sons Jack, Scott, and Luke in central Massachusetts.
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