Ron Howard Weighs In on Star Wars and Willow Shared Universe Theory
While he's best known as the creator of Star Wars and Indiana Jones, George Lucas is an accomplished filmmaker outside of those franchises, too. He's the mind behind cult classics like American Graffiti, THX 1138, and Willow.
While Willow was directed by Ron Howard, Lucas wrote the script and for years rumors have persisted that the film shared a universe with Star Wars, but that it simply took place on a distant planet unaffiliated with the goings-on of the famed space opera. However, Howard himself recently put this rumor to rest.
"I never heard anything about that," Howard stated. "George never suggested anything like that."
Howard also denied the rumors that the trolls in the film were modeled after his brother, Clint. "The trolls are just trolls. I love working with my brother Clint and every opportunity that I ever have, I do it but I never force it. We were shooting in London and [there was] no role worthy of dragging him over," he shared.
However, Howard did go out of his way to confirm one long-held belief about Willow: that two of the villains were named after famous film critics. The evil General Kael was named after the notoriously ruthless Pauline Kael and the two-headed monster Eborsisk was named after the iconic At the Movies duo of Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert.