Paul Bettany Joining HAN SOLO As Per Ron Howard

Paul Bettany

So far, Lucasfilm is busy promoting the release of Star Wars The Last Jedi, but with the Han Solo movie coming out early next year, we'll probably get our first teasers near the end of 2017.

Ron Howard continues his work on the Han Solo movie, and news has it that Paul Bettany, who worked with Howard way back in The Da Vinci Code, is joining the cast. The casting was announced by director Ron Howard on Twitter during Force Friday, September 1.

"The Outer Rim just got a little bit wilder #PaulBettany #ForceFriday", Howard wrote. While a few sites reported a rumor that Bettany would be replacing Michael K. Williams, whose mysterious alien role was cut from the movie due to extensive reshoots, Deadline's sources tell the publication that Bettany's part is an entirely new character. He will reprise his role as Marvel's superhero The Vision in the upcoming "Avengers: Infinity War".

The film sees Alden Ehrenreich star as Han, Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian and Joonas Suotamo as Chewbacca.

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Howard took over as director after Phil Lord and Christopher Miller were fired over creative differences.

For those who were watching the diversity of the film, completely doing away with Michael K. Williams' role in favor of bringing in Bettany is problematic, but the imminent issues with this movie go beyond that.

The film is slated to hit theaters May 25, 2018.

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