We’re all talking about Star Wars right now but what we aren’t talking about is the fact that we’re getting more Star Wars in five months. Solo: A Star Wars Story comes out the end of May. We haven’t seen anything from it yet so everyone is a little nervous. Paul Bettany picked up a small role when Ron Howard took over as director and he recently spoke to Total Film about the movie.
“It’s Han Solo’s story, and of course his story would be a caper,” says Bettany. “On one level it’s a gangster movie. That’s really interesting, because it’s within the canon but really different. It’s fucking Han Solo!”
A gangster story is about what we all expected from a movie about Han Solo. For Bettany it was surreal walking onto the set and realizing he was in a Star Wars movie.
“Suddenly, I’m an intergalactic gangster and I’m walking down some stairs and an R2 unit goes by with some champagne, and I’m like… [drops jaw] I had that feeling that I hadn’t had since I was first on a film set – I was a little boy doing the best job in the world.”
Bettany also had nothing but praise for director Ron Howard but did reveal that they reshot more than the originally intended.
“His staging ability is so fucking brilliant,” says Bettany of Howard. “I think he went in and he was like a laser, working out what needed to be done when he looked at the footage. And then, as things moved on, everybody felt so secure with him. And they gave him more. He reshot a lot more than was originally intended.”
From what Bettany is saying it sounds like things clicked so well and Lucasfilm was so happy with what Howard was doing they gave him more to reshoot. That sounds like it should be a good thing but until we see some of this movie cautious optimism is about the best we can hope for right now.
Han Solo and Chewbacca’s adventures before joining the Rebellion, including their early encounters with Lando Calrissian.
Solo: A Star Wars Story, directed by Ron Howard, stars Alden Ehrenreich, Emilia Clarke, Donald Glover, Woody Harrelson, and Thandie Newton. It will be released May 25, 2018