Acclaimed director Ron Howard talks about his daughter Bryce Dallas Howard’s success directing episodes of The Mandalorian and The Book of Boba Fett.
Actor-director Ron Howard reacts to his daughter Bryce Dallas Howard’s success directing Star Wars‘ The Mandalorian and The Book of Boba Fett. Ron began his career acting in iconic television shows like The Andy Griffith Show and Happy Days before transitioning to work behind the camera. As a director, he’s helmed classics like Apollo 13, Cinderella Man, The Da Vinci Code, Frost / Nixon, Rushand A Beautiful Mind, which won the Academy Awards for Best Director and Best Picture. After working with Disney / Lucasfilm on 1988’s Willow, Ron took over Phil Lord and Chris Miller’s directorial duties on Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018).
Bryce is known for acting roles such as The Village, The Lady in the Water, The Help, 50/50, Rocketman, Pete’s Dragonand the Jurassic World trilogy. Following in her father’s footsteps, she broke into directing short films, documentaries, and a music video before also teaming up with Disney / Lucasfilm to work on Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni’s The Mandalorian. Bryce has since helmed an episode in each of The Mandalorian’s two seasons and one episode of The Book of Boba Fett. All three episodes have been a hit with audiences and critics alike, with The Book of Boba Fett’s “Chapter 5: The Return of the Mandalorian” being hailed as Star Wars at its best.
Last week’s Star Wars Celebration 2022 in Anaheim, California, promoted the upcoming Light & Magic documentary, which will detail the VFX achievements of Industrial Light & Magic. While attending the panel, Ron Howard reacted to his daughter’s success directing episodes of The Mandalorian and The Book of Boba Fett. Read the full quote below:
Well, I was happy for her, because clearly, it worked. The bosses were happy with her. I had gotten a little wink and a nod from Jon Favreau in a text, “Hey, she did great,” which made me feel good. She’d been directing for a while, and I’d seen her directing when she was an acting major at NYU. She was already directing plays as well, so I’ve known it’s something that she’s really wanted to do.
I’ve got to say, she never surprises me when she succeeds. I felt comfortable with her getting into the business. At a certain point, when she was in high school and I could see her ambition for it, it was for the work. It was for the process. She loves what’s happening, and getting to work with Jon and Dave and everyone at Lucasfilm.
She’s learning a lot, she’s growing a lot and she can feel it. She also loves the fact that it’s a show that has ideas, but it really is for the fans; it really is to try to connect with the audience. And there’s a very clear cut … There’s a respect for that audience, and that gives her something to understand and aim for that she likes.
Bryce does seem to be learning and growing a lot as a director. Her contributions to The Book of Boba Fett prompted the internet to demand she become a recurring director of the franchise on Disney + and be awarded her own Star Wars film — something Bryce has implied she’d be open to if the request came. That said, Filoni and Favreau will continue to develop a plethora of live-action Star Wars shows, including Obi-Wan Kenobi, Andor, Ahsokaand The Mandalorian season 3. Alongside Carl Weathers, Bryce has been confirmed to be directing one episode of the latter. She’s also said that fans of The Clone Wars will love Ahsokawhich has led to the belief she’s involved with that series as well.
On top of being the daughter of an all-time great director, Bryce is a self-proclaimed Star Wars fan who spent time on the prequels set while visiting Natalie Portman. At one point, George Lucas — who’s long-time friends with Ron — even had her father in mind to helm Episode I – The Phantom Menace. Given her knowledge of the franchise and industry at large, it’s almost serendipitous that she’d end up having success directing game-changing projects like The Mandalorian. In addition to her promising future in the galaxy far, far away, Bryce is set to direct the upcoming Flight of the Navigator remake and appear in Jurassic World Dominion and Mathew Vaughn’s Argylle. Behind the camera or in front of it, it’s safe to say her father and fans can not wait to see everything she does next.
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Source: Star Wars Celebration 2022
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