Star Wars: The Mandalorian, which is set to release along with Disney+ on Nov. 12, is one of the most highly-anticipated upcoming releases for the platform. Recently, one of the directors of the series, Bryce Dallas Howard, revealed the advice she's gotten from her dad, Ron Howard, and George Lucas, which she took with her on the project.
Howard is one of a few directors who will be on board for the series' first season, along with the likes of Taika Waititi (Thor: Ragnarok), Dave Filoni (Star Wars: The Clone Wars), and Deborah Chow (Flowers in the Attic).
According to CBR, when promoting her documentary Dads at the Toronto International Film Festival, Howard explained to Variety that she had shadowed her dad while he was directing Solo: A Star Wars Story, sharing, "What he just kept saying again and again and again… 'This is just the most incredible sandbox that you will ever get the opportunity to play in.'"
As for Lucas' part, Howard recalled a moment when she was on the set of his and her father's film Willow (1988) as a child, and how Lucas had stressed the importance of collaboration. In the anecdote she shared, Lucas advised Ron Howard to give storyboard artist David Lowery a chance to "take a crack at it."
"That really is the essence of collaboration and the power of collaboration," Howard explained. "The people are just all in, give everything, own it, own the process themselves, and then are like, 'Your turn.' It is so exhilarating and grounding and it doesn’t ever get about the ego, because it’s all about Star Wars, which it needs to be."
Howard makes her TV directing debut in episode four of The Mandalorian.