ByPramit Chatterjee, writer at
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Pramit Chatterjee

The Star Wars franchise has always faced ups and downs throughout production, and the latest adventure focused on Han Solo is no exception. From Lord and Miller's exit to reports of an acting coach being hired for the lead, this movie seemed to be on a downhill slide before acclaimed director Ron Howard joined the team. Since then, things have started to look up for the scruffy looking nerf herder and his anthology installment.

Since boarding the Millennium Falcon, Howard has managed to keep fans well informed about the Han Solo spin-off by posting photos from its set. In a similar fashion, the veteran director made good use of his Twitter account to confirm the involvement of Warwick Davis in the Han Solo movie.

Speculations about Warwick Davis being in the Han Solo movie have been circulating ever since the Star Wars actor was cast in The Last Jedi. With Howard's tweet, it has been confirmed that he'll make yet another appearance in the saga.

Today, Davis himself responded to Howard, extending his gratitude for having worked with the veteran director again after 30 years apart.

As the celebrated actor stated, Davis previously worked with Ron Howard in the 1988 fantasy film Willow, which was written and produced by George Lucas. Although this is Howard's first foray into the galaxy far, far away, Davis has been a regular member of the Star Wars franchise, with various cameos and starring roles to his name.

Warwick Davis: A Star Wars Legend!

Davis made his Star Wars debut in 1983 as Wicket the Ewok in George Lucas's Return of the Jedi. Having impressed Lucas with his performance, Davis was re-cast as the fan-favorite Ewok in the critically reviled Caravan of Courage: An Ewok Adventure in 1984. Davis went on to make his last appearance as Wicket Wystri Warrick in the obscure 1985 TV movie, Ewoks: The Battle for Endor.

After working in movies like Labyrinth (1986), Willow (1988) and the Leprechaun series, Davis made a comeback to the Star Wars franchise with The Phantom Menace. In the first installment of the prequel trilogy, Davis performed as Yoda, became a Rodian named Wald and showed up as Weazel. Although Davis wasn't supposed to show his face in Episode I, once the mask came off, Lucas inadvertently ended up making a callback to his character in Willow,

The character I was set to play was originally a masked character, and I think that once George had written it and wanted me to play it, he sort of had second thoughts about putting me inside a mask again. So he came up with this idea of putting me in the Pod race watching in Watto's box. They glued these extensions in my hair, and everyone mistook it for Willow.

Warwick Davis as Weazel. 'Star Wars: The Phantom Menace' [Credit: Lucasfilms]
Warwick Davis as Weazel. 'Star Wars: The Phantom Menace' [Credit: Lucasfilms]

Davis also starred in Disney's Star Wars sequels, appearing as the alien Wollivan in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, as well as in Rogue One as Weeteef Cyu-Bee. He's also set to voice Grand Admiral Thrawn's bodyguard, Rukh, in Star Wars: Rebels and also has an undisclosed role in 2017's The Last Jedi.

Given that most of Davis's cameos haven't allowed him to show his face, there's a fair chance he'll be making another blink-and-you'll-miss-it appearance in subsequent movies. Considering Warwick's history with the franchise, trying to spot him in each installment has become part of the fun - so fans will be more than excited to hear that the celebrated actor is returning for Ron Howard's anthology movie.

Are you excited to see Warwick Davis in the Han Solo movie? Let me know in the comments!

(Source: Ron Howard Twitter, Warwick Davis Twitter)


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