Academy Award-winning director Ron Howard has reportedly put the millenium falcon back on course after taking over directing duties from Phil Lord and Chris Miller. Since taking over, he's been releasing details of the movie's production on Twitter; first making light of some technical issues with his R2 units, and now teasing his brother's role in Han Solo's origin story.
Clint Howard has worked under the direction of his brother on multiple occasions, most notably in Cocoon, Backdraft, and Apollo 13. Clint has made many memorable cameos throughout his long career, and when Ron Howard was asked if his zany brother was being brought on board for the Han Solo movie, he bore good news.
The Hollywood Reporter picked up on the Tweet, which comes just days after the director described how he felt the movie was coming along:
"It's a fantastic script, a great cast and I am having a fantastic creative experience with it...It's a great young cast, incredibly strong — smart, funny people who love their characters and love being part of this. I think we'll be able to do something that is a lot of fun."
The young cast includes the likes of Emilia Clarke, Alden Ehrenreich and Donald Glover, but the Han Solo anthology movie also boasts plenty of veteran actors. Ron Howard recently announced Warwick Davis's part in the project, an unsurprising yet satisfying move given the actor's legendary status in the franchise. However, he's not the only Star Wars alum returning to the galaxy far, far away.
Clint Howard is the latest established actor to join the fold, and while he may not have Davis's level of Star Wars pedigree, he did appear in a trailer for Xbox's Kinect Star Wars:
This small claim to Star Wars fame, coupled with Clint and Ron Howard's working relationship reflects the franchise's familial treatment towards actors. From the likes of Peter Mayhew and David Prowse reprising roles they've held for decades, to Warwick Davis returning to play all-new parts throughout various eras, Star Wars has a history of loyalty to its actors.
It's uncertain whether his role will be key to the plot, or a brief cameo for fans to enjoy. Either way, Clint Howard has had memorable performances in as many as 17 of his brother's movies. In fact, it's more surprising when Clint doesn't make an appearance in a Ron Howard movie.
Ron has put his brother through some extensive prosthetic procedures in the past (How The Grinch Stole Christmas) so there's every chance that Clint could give fans a memorable performance as one of the alien lifeforms in the upcoming Han Solo spin-off. We'll just have to wait and see when the film hits theaters on May 25, 2018.
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