11:57am PT by Graeme McMillan
The Immediate, Inevitable Ron Howard/Han Solo Memes Emerge
If there's one thing you can rely on social media for, it's having an immediate response to any given story. If there are two things you can rely on social media for, it's the immediate response and the availability of an Arrested Development reference … which made Thursday's news of Ron Howard stepping into the directorial role on Lucasfilm's untitled Han Solo project utterly ripe for Twitter.
It didn't disappoint.
To be fair, it's not as if people weren't expecting what was to come back when Howard's name was simply attached to the movie as a rumor…
Me: Huh, Ron Howard's taking over the Han Solo movie, maybe Twitter won't make the obvious narrator joke.— Alex M. Adrian (@alexadrian592) June 21, 2017
Ron Howard: They did.
… But, oh boy. Did people deliver.
Han Solo: Tell Jabba I've got his money!— Brian Gaar (@briangaar) June 22, 2017
Narrator: He didn't. And he was about to shoot Greedo first.https://t.co/fsQEuLGoWy
Ron Howard is taking over the Han Solo film.— Taylor Belcher (@teachbarefoot) June 22, 2017
Han: The Rebellion is for suckers. I'll never join it.
Narrator: He would.
Ron Howard is now directing the Han Solo film— Jack Tinker (@jacktink) June 22, 2017
NARRATOR: He had a bad feeling about this.
INTERNET: "Ron Howard stepping in to direct the Han Solo movie? Pssh, that's just a rumor!"— Hollywood Palms (@HollywoodPalms) June 22, 2017
RON HOWARD NARRATOR: It wasn't.
Me: "It's true. All of it."— Bad Father Han Solo (@BadFatherHan) June 22, 2017
Ron Howard Narrator: "It wasn't." pic.twitter.com/54VxTzgIlp
Ron Howard's Han Solo.— Chris Moore (@MooreSaiyan) June 22, 2017
Han: "I made the Kessel Run in 9 parsecs, ladies."
Narrator: "It was 12."
By this point, not only have things gone beyond backlash to the narrator joke — that was, perhaps unsurprisingly, almost immediate — but to the point of metatextual self-referencing commentary on the joke's popularity.
Everyone else: my Ron Howard narrator Star Wars joke is very funny— Jake Weiner (@jakeyner) June 22, 2017
Me, the narrator: it wasn't
Slow down, internet. The movie's not even out until next May. You have to pace yourself for another 11 months yet.