Ron Howard's Star Wars and 'Arrested Development' Mash-Up Is Incredible

Hopefully Howard narrates all of 'Solo', too.

by River Donaghey
04 May 2018, 8:55am

Ron Howard is a guy who wears many hats. The actor-turned-director's upcoming Star Wars movie, Solo, is due out this month and the long-awaited fifth season of Arrested Development, which Howard narrates, is heading to Netflix this summer. So in honor of both projects, Howard and Lucasfilm decided to combine them into one glorious mash-up—by having Howard recap A New Hope in the style of, yes, you guessed it, Arrested Development.

"Now, the story of a family that wants to rule the galaxy, and the one son who had no choice but to save it," Howard says as the video introduces the Skywalkers like they're members of the Bluth family. "It's Star Wars: A New Hope."

"You’ve never heard of the Millennium Falcon? It’s the ship that made the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs," Han Solo tells Luke and Obi-Wan in a scene from A New Hope. "Hey! That would make an interesting movie," Howard cuts in. "Go see Solo: A Star Wars Story, only in theaters May 25."

The three-minute video perfectly nails Arrested Development's dry humor, with Howard's narrator roasting Jedis as a "religious cult," dropping a couple well-timed Pete Rose jokes, and calling Boba Fett "Mr. F." There's even a J. Walter Weatherman reference in there, because of course.

The whole thing is hilarious, even though it was basically done already by Nerdist a year ago with pre-existing Arrested Development narration. Still, if this is the direction Ron Howard decided to steer Solo after taking over the directing reins, then the movie might not be the total shitshow that Disney was reportedly worried it might be. At least if Solo does end up being terrible, Howard can always just go back and recut the whole thing—since that's apparently totally chill to do now.

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