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‘Star Wars’ Han Solo Spinoff Adds Paul Bettany to Cast

”The Outer Rim just got a little bit wilder,“ director Ron Howard says

Paul Bettany has just joined the cast of the Han Solo “Star Wars” spinoff, director Ron Howard confirmed on Friday.

“The Outer Rim just got a little bit wilder,” the director wrote on Twitter.

Howard also added, “It’s my third opportunity to work with Paul. He’s a blast & so talented.” The previously collaborated on “A Beautiful Mind” and “The Da Vinci Code.”

Howard stepped in to direct Disney’s untitled Han Solo movie last month, just two days after Phil Lord and Chris Miller were let go from the “Star Wars” spinoff. The directors had been at the wheel of the film, starring Alden Ehrenreich in the role that Harrison Ford made famous, for nearly two years. Physical production commenced in late January in the U.K., and the men completed nearly 17 weeks of shooting through May.

The movie is still set for a May 2018 release.

It will star Alden Ehrenrich, Donald Glover, Emilia Clarke, Thandie Newton, Woody Harrelson and Michael Kenneth Williams.