The actor, who first appeared in 'Return of the Jedi,' has officially boarded the currently-filming spin-off

By Derek Lawrence
July 26, 2017 at 07:11 PM EDT
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Ron Howard has turned to an old friend and Star Wars alum for a role in the upcoming Han Solo film.

On Wednesday, the filmmaker confirmed that Warwick Davis, whose relationship with the franchise goes back more than three decades, will appear in the Star Wars spin-off.

Howard revealed the news when he was asked on Twitter if there was a chance for a sequel to Willow, the 1988 fantasy film he directed starring Davis. “Glad you are asking for one,” he replied. “I directed @WarwickADavis for the 1st time in 30 years today. It made me happy.”

The Harry Potter alum (Professor Filius Flitwick) boarding the project is no surprise considering he gave a set tour in a charity video back in April and, of course, his long connection to the series. The actor made his big screen debut at the age of 11 in Return of the Jedi playing Wicket the Ewok. He’s been a regular in the universe ever since, popping up with various roles in The Phantom Menace, The Force Awakens, and Rogue One.

The untitled Han Solo film, which stars Alden Ehrenreich and Donald Glover, flies into theaters on May 25, 2018.

Solo: A Star Wars Story

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