With Ron Howard now at the helm of the untitled Han Solo film, there was bound to be some changes. Of course, there would be smaller ones — such as a more direct adherence to the script — but these smaller changes would undoubtedly have a butterfly effect of sorts. We saw this not long ago when it was revealed that Michael K. Williams would no longer be able to star in the film. The reshooting required for him would reportedly interfere with schedule, and as such, he and the production would have to go their separate ways.
They needed to fill the void somehow, and in a new Twitter post, director Ron Howard teased just how they’d fill the void.
Check it out:
— Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward) September 1, 2017
As you can see, in celebration of Force Friday II, Howard teased Paul Bettany’s joining the cast. The folks over at /Film have confirmed with their sources that he’ll indeed be filling Williams’ boots. This confirms suspicions that while Williams would be cut from the film, his role would not.
One extra note that the outlet states is that Bettany’s character will now be human. This is in contrast to the motion captured alien that the character was originally set to be with Williams. The reason behind that? Time. With the extensive reshoots now underway, the folks over at Industrial Light and Magic simply won’t have the time to give this character the full digital makeover as originally planned.
No doubt all eyes are currently on this production following the departure of the original two directors, but Howard seems to have a handle on things. In addition to being an all-around solid director, he also seems to understand the need to be as transparent as possible, given the circumstances. Fans have already lost enough faith in the project as it is, and it’s better to give them extra insight than hide the production and let fans sit back and hope.
Regardless, we’re interested to see what comes of this one! What do you think of Bettany joining the cast? Let us know your thoughts down below!
The Han Solo movie is set to hit theaters on May 25, 2018.
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SOURCE: Ron Howard, /Film