Lucasfilm’s upcoming Han Solo: A Star Wars Story may have lost Michael K. Williams due to scheduling difficulties, but Ron Howard has taken to Twitter to announce a new cast member, revealing that he’ll be reuniting with A Beautiful Mind star Paul Bettany…
— Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward) September 1, 2017
There’s no official word on who Bettany will be playing, but SlashFilm claims it is the same role that Williams was forced to vacate, and that the character is “half-human, half-animal”.
Han Solo stars Alden Ehrenreich (Hail, Caesar!) as the famous smuggler, Donald Glover (Atlanta) as Lando Calrissian, Woody Harrelson (War for the Planet of the Apes) as Beckett (Solo’s mentor), Joonas Suotamo as Chewbacca and Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Fleabag), Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones), Thandie Newton (Westworld), Paul Bettany (Avengers: Infinity War), Ian Kenny (Sing Street), and Warwick Davis (Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi) in as-yet-unrevealed roles. It is set for release on May 25th 2018.