“Solo”: Favreau Casting & Falcon Makeovers

Director Ron Howard has confirmed that fellow filmmaker Jon Favreau has scored a key voice acting role in the upcoming “Solo: A Star Wars Story”.

Howard announced the news on his Twitter, sharing a picture of the two men alongside writer Lawrence Kasdan. Howard says Favreau is voicing a “very cool & important alien character” and took time out from directing Disney’s new adaptation of “The Lion King” to work on the role. That project has been the subject of soundtrack speculation this week with both Elton John and Beyonce rumored to be doing songs for the soundtrack.

This follows on from comments this week about the Millennium Falcon in the trailers for “Solo,” specifically the ship’s exterior paint job and its clean and rather stylish interiors – a far cry from the dirty ‘piece of junk’ seen in the original trilogy. How did it go from being so white and shiny to so dirty in the span of a few years? “Solo” screenplay co-writer Jon Kasdan tells EW:

“Where Han gave it a certain shabby coolness and a dinged up quality that reflected where he was at that point in his life, this Falcon reflects its owner very clearly in its shape and aesthetic and his needs, even if those needs be a little more space to entertain…One of the things Larry and I had talked about was the Falcon should always reflect the personality of its captain.”

The film’s star Alden Ehrenreich adds that the Falcon’s look isn’t entirely an accident, but a matter of practicality: “It’s safer in the galaxy to fly something that looks like a piece of junk. People underestimate you – especially if you’re up to no good. Kinda like how you’re more likely to get pulled over if you’re driving a Lamborghini.”

“Solo: A Star Wars Story” is slated to open in May.