Not a bad person to ask for a dig out.

If you thought that George Lucas had completely moved on from the Star Wars franchise when he sold Lucasfilm to Disney for what seems like a bargain at $4 billion, then think again.

It turns out he visited the Solo set when director Ron Howard took over from Phil Lord and Christopher Miller during shooting.

“He came by to visit the first day that I picked up shooting. George and his wife, Melody, came by to pay a little set visit. It made me feel great. He told me just trust my instincts, you know? I know he kind of fundamentally feels like, first and foremost, [these films are] sort of for 12-year-old boys, and yet even he knows that it’s grown so far beyond that, and the fans have grown with the series in a great, important way,” Howard told Entertainment Weekly.

And according to producer Kathleen Kennedy, Lucas couldn’t help but get involved.

“He had intended to just kind of stop by and say hi, and he stayed five hours. There’s even one little moment in a scene that — I can’t tell you what, sorry — but in the scene on the Millennium Falcon where George said, ‘Why doesn’t Han just do this.’ It actually is a funny little bit that will probably get a laugh. And Ron happened to be by the monitor and not inside the Falcon and he goes, ‘Oh that’s a great idea,’ and ran in and said, ‘George wants us to do this.’ So that was pretty cool. I think George felt pretty great about that. He could revisit these characters, and I think he felt so comfortable, obviously with Ron being there, that it was just fun for him,” she said.

Very cool. We’ll keep an eye open for it when Solo: A Star Wars Story hits cinemas on May 25th.

Via: Entertainment Weekly