Today is May the 4th, so it's only fair we talk a little Star Wars. On the eve of this special day, Solo: A Star Wars Story director Ron Howard stopped by the Late Show to talk about the process of joining a film that was already in progress, following the departure of original directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller.

"Well, I had to sign an NDA before I could even really have the conversation," Howard told host Stephen Colbert when asked about the unique directing experience. "Look, it was a great screenplay. It was an unusual circumstance and, you know, no movie, no set of creative people wanna be a part of something like that. It was absolutely creative differences in this particular case."

Howard went on: "Once I knew that they were gonna make a change, you know, I read the script—Larry Kasdan and his son Jon wrote it—and, of course, Larry . . . this is his fourth of the Star Wars movies, starting with Empire Strikes Back. I loved it. I loved the story. It surprised me." 

Howard added that, even prior to Disney buying up Star Wars, a Solo film had been discussed by Kasdan, George Lucas, and Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy.

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Though Howard's first day on set did have some "chaotic" elements to it, the first round of shooting was a success. "It all went beautifully and I felt really good about it, but here's this amazing thing that happened," Howard said. "I mean, let me just tell you, when you get a fist bump and a full-body hug from Chewbacca? It's an experience I wish every movie maker could have."

Catch Howard's full interview, during which he sidesteps any confirmation or denial of Kessel Run happenings, up top. Solo is out May 25.