Ron Howard dropped a casting surprise on Twitter Friday – Paul Bettany, in (what looks to be) costume. “The Outer Rim just got a little bit wilder,” the director wrote.
Director Ron Howard tweeted that the “wildly impressive” Donald Glover, who’s playing Lando Calrissian, has wrapped on the Han Solo film.
Check out a few more of Howard’s recent tweets and Instagrams under the cut
Michael Kenneth Williams is out of the Han Solo film due to scheduling issues with reshoots, he tells Deadline today.
“When Ron Howard got hired to finish out the film, there were some reshoot issues that needed to be done in regards to my character, in order for it to match the new direction which the producers wanted Ron to carry the film in,” Williams told Deadline. “And that would have required me on a plane a month ago to London, to Pinewood, to do reshoots. But I’m here, on location in Africa. It’s scheduling.”
He said his role was a half-human, half-animal and “a kick-ass character.” He told Vanity Fair that his character was a link between Han Solo (Alden Ehrenreich) and Emilia Clarke, whose character name is Kira (or Kura, per Making Star Wars.)
Ron Howard is keeping it up, sharing yet another image from the Han Solo set that we have to zoom in on. Looks pretty fancy for a bunch of scoundrels… On Instagram he has prop food (also fancy!) and a safety meeting (not fancy.)
Meanwhile, The Hollywood Reporter has a great interview with Donald Glover, where he reveals Billy Dee Williams’ Lando advice.
Ron Howard shared another Han Solo set pic Tuesday. “Droids help make the Galaxy go round,” he tweeted. “but I find they don’t always listen to the director!” He later said that fans hoping for an apperance from his brother Clint Howard “won’t be disappointed.”
Ron Howard shared another Han Solo set pic, revealing a new alien (who seems to be wearing some kind of astronaut-esque helmet?) and confirming that cinematographer Bradford Young is still on board. (Not that he was ever so much as rumored not to be.)
The still-untitled Han Solo movie now has a composer – John Powell. His previous credits include the Bourne movies, How to Train Your Dragon, Shrek and many more. Powell follows Rogue One’s Michael Giacchino as only the second composer not named John Williams to score a live-action Star Wars film.
Ron Howard shares another somewhat revealing shot from the Han Solo film – this time with an image of Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian on his monitor.
Another Twitter snap by new Hanthlogy director Ron Howard shows us Chewbacca – and a brief, fuzzy look at two Wookiees having a moment. Will we be seeing Chewie’s family on screen, for the first time since the Holiday Special? Or, given that Chewbacca himself is behind the camera, two new Wookiees entirely?
Chewbacca’s wife, Malla, and son, Lumpawaroo, both appeared in the Aftermath books, making them canon again. We’ve also seen, most notably in Rebels, that the concept of the Empire enslaving Wookiees for labor was also maintained. That was a major part of the Han and Chewbacca backstory in the noncanon Legends timeline (introduced in Brian Daley’s Han Solo novels), and could possibly be revisited in the film.