Today on Force Friday, Star Wars Han Solo director Ron Howard tweeted out a photo of Paul Bettany with the message, “The Outer Rim just got a little bit wilder #PaulBettany #Force Friday”. Seth Rogen responded to Howard on Twitter saying, “If he’s just visiting he dresses funny.”
Howard followed it up with the second tweet: “It’s my third opportunity to work with Paul. He’s a blast & so talented,” referring to their previous two projects together — A Beautiful Mind and The Da Vinci Code.
Fan sites claim Bettany is playing the same character that Michael Kenneth Williams was expected to play, but instead of being a motion-capture alien, he’ll be a real person. Deadline had the exclusive about Williams being cut out due to his busy schedule. Sources tell Deadline that Bettany will be playing a completely different character. Outer Rim is a hint to Han Solo’s haunting ground, the outer rim of the galaxy where all types of illegal activities happen. Odds are that Bettany’s character is one of those rowdy types.
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Howard’s tweets are below:
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