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'Star Wars' as big as The Beatles, says Ron Howard

Sunday, May 13, 2018

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 ).

"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.

Source: The Jakarta Post

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