Ron Howard was asked the question during a press conference on Light & Magic, Lawrence Kasdan’s upcoming six-part documentary about George Lucas’ special effects company.
“I was happy for her. It definitely worked,” Ron replied. “Her bosses were happy with her. I got a little wink and nod from Jon Favreau in a text: ‘Hey, she did great,’ which made me feel good.”
Ron went on to point out that Bryce has been honing her directing skills for quite some time.
“She’s been directing for a while. By the time she was studying acting at NYU, she was already directing plays,” he continued. “So I knew it was something she really wanted to do. I have to say she never surprises me when she succeeds. I felt comfortable with her getting into the business. At one point she was in high school and I could see her ambition for the work, for the process. She loves what happens.”
Before The Mandalorian, Bryce mainly directed music videos and short films. However, her approach to filmmaking served her well. “She also loves the fact that [‘The Mandalorian’] is a show that has ideas but is really trying to connect with the audience,” Ron said. “There is a very clear respect for this audience. And that gives her something to aim for that she likes.”
The presenter concluded by suggesting that Bryce Dallas Howard might one day direct a Star Wars movie. Only time will tell if that happens, but her work on the television series is a strong start.