Published On: Sat, Sep 23rd, 2017

‘Han Solo’ adds Paul Bettany as ‘Star Wars’ universe grows ‘wilder’

Han Solo director Ron Howard tweeted out a photo of Paul Bettany with the message, “The Outer Rim just got a little bit wilder #PaulBettany #Force Friday”. Seth Rogen responded to Howard on Twitter saying, “If he’s just visiting he dresses funny.”

Howard followed it up with the second tweet: “It’s my third opportunity to work with Paul. He’s a blast & so talented,” referring to their previous two projects together — A Beautiful Mind and The Da Vinci Code. 

Deadline notes that “Bettany is playing the same character that Michael Kenneth Williams was expected to play, but instead of being a motion-capture alien, he’ll be a real person. Deadline had the exclusive about Williams being cut out due to his busy schedule. Sources tell Deadline that Bettany will be playing a completely different character. Outer Rim is a hint to Han Solo’s haunting ground, the outer rim of the galaxy where all types of illegal activities happen. Odds are that Bettany’s character is one of those rowdy types.”

The film remains officially untitled and is still set for May 25, 2018.

Directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller were dropped from Han Solo after creative rifts with Lucasfilm chief Kathleen Kennedy and screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan.

Alden Ehrenreich is playing a younger version of the character originated by Harrison Ford in the original Star Wars trilogy and 2015’s Episode VII.

The Han Solo pic also stars Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, Donald Glover, Thandie Newton, Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Joonas Suotamo (Chewbacca).

Filming for the project was in London since January 2017.

Harrelson plays a scoundrel named Beckett, a likely mentor to Solo. Joonas Suotamo will fill the giant Wookie suit as Chewbecca after working as the double in Force Awakens.

A recent report of character descriptions revealed Ian Kenny will play a character named Rebolt.


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