Brb, Westworld. Newton has some extra scenes to shoot.
As Maeve says in HBO’s Westworld, “This is the new world, and in this world, you can be whoever the f—k you want.” For Thandie Newton in the world of Star Wars, we still don’t know what role she’s taking in the new Han Solo movie. In fact, we haven’t really seen any photos of the Emmy nominee at all. Director Ron Howard has come to rectify that as Newton returns to film more scenes.
Newton took a break from shooting Westworld season 2 for reshoots on the untitled Lucasfilm project. “@thandienewton returned 2 #TheGalaxy to light up some key new #UntitledHanSolo scenes then back to #Westworld. What a powerhouse talent,” Howard tweeted.
Since original helmers Phil Lord and Chris Miller were dropped from the Han Solo film over “creative differences,” Howard stepped in to oversee the project. Some sources close to the situation told EW that Lord and Miller relied too heavily on improvisation in diverging from the script, written by Lawrence Kasdan. Howard has since been hard at work on extensive reshoots.
See the latest set photo below.
Alden Ehrenreich plays a young Han Solo among a cast of actors that includes Emilia Clarke, Woody Harrelson (as a mentor figure named Beckett), Joonas Suotamo (as Chewbacca), Donald Glover (as young Landon Calrissian), Paul Bettany, Phoebe Waller-Bridge (reportedly a performance-capture character), Star Wars veteran Warwick Davis, and Howard’s brother, Clint Howard.
The director, who’s been tweeting new set photos left and right, teased this Han Solo story will tackle “desperate and dangerous times in the galaxy.”
“I had these ideas of what it would be, and it was completely different to everything I imagined,” Newton said of the film. “I’m so thrilled, but I’ve signed a non-disclosure [agreement] and I can’t say a word.” She added, “To be part of a legacy like Star Wars, it’s loved for a reason. I could have been in it for a brief little nothing and I would have been thrilled and delighted.”
The untitled Han Solo movie is set for theaters on May 25, 2018. Meanwhile, production on Westworld continues ahead of the season 2 premiere next year.