Ron Howard has confirmed that Warwick Davis will appear in the young Han Solo film. It's no secret that the upcoming anthology movie had been in disarray this summer, with original directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller suddenly dropping the project mere weeks before principal photography was scheduled to complete due to creative differences with Lucasfilm. People had assumed that the studio would delay the movie so that they could find a suitable replacement, though it didn't take long for them to hire Oscar-winning director Ron Howard.
Howard has since been busy getting up to speed on the project, and since Lucasfilm has been avoiding promoting the movie at events such as the D23 Expo and San Diego Comic-Con, the only things people have had to go on are Howard's tweets. So far, he's given fans their (sort of) first look at Donald Glover as the young Lando Calrissian as well as showcased how the crew creates the hyperspace effects. Now, he's using the social media to acknowledge the film has become a defect Willow reunion for him and Warwick Davis.
Today, Howard subtly confirmed on Twitter that veteran Star Wars actor Davis is in fact in the cast of the young Han Solo film. He did so after first being asked about when people can expect Howard to make a Willow sequel now that he's back working with Lucasfilm. We've known for some time that Davis had been on the Han Solo set working on the Force For Change campaign alongside the movie's previous directors, so Howard's reveal confirms Davis' involvement with the movie.
— Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward) July 26, 2017
For those that don't know, Howard previously directed Davis in the 1988 high-fantasy movie Willow, which was based on a story by George Lucas and also starred the likes of Val Kilmer and Joanne Whalley. It has been almost 30 years since that film released, and Howard is now directing Davis again, yet this time it's for a Star Wars movie. Although this is Howard's first time helming a Star Wars production, it's certainly not Davis' first time playing a character from a galaxy far, far away.
Davis got his big break playing Wickett, an Ewok in Richard Marquand's Star Wars: Episode VI -- Return of the Jedi. He has since gone on to play numerous characters throughout the saga, appearing in Lucas' Star Wars: Episode I -- The Phantom Menace, J.J. Abrams' Star Wars: Episode VII -- The Force Awakens, and Gareth Edwards' Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. He will reportedly be appearing in Rian Johnson's Star Wars: Episode VIII -- The Last Jedi as well.
The actor's addition to the Han Solo movie's cast comes just after it was revealed that Spencer Wilding, who had played Darth Vader in Rogue One last year, had also joined the cast of the upcoming anthology movie, though it's worth noting that Wilding may not be playing Vader in the flick. The same goes for Davis, who may be playing an entirely new character in next year's film.
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- Star Wars 8/Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) release date: Dec 15, 2017
- Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) release date: May 25, 2018
- Star Wars 9 / Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) release date: Dec 20, 2019