Paul Bettany is living the Disney family dream. He's a Marvel Cinematic Universe character, and now a Star Wars "intergalactic gangster."
Bettany was a late addition to "Solo: A Star Wars Story," coming aboard during director Ron Howard's reshoots. As you know, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller left the Han Solo standalone movie after several months of filming, and very little left on the schedule. Bettany ended up being added to the team after working with Ron Howard twice before in "A Beautiful Mind" and "The Da Vinci Code."
Bettany praised Howard's "Solo" practice to Total Film (via Games Radar):
"His staging ability is so f*cking brilliant. I think he went in and he was like a laser, working out what needed to be done when he looked at the footage. And then, as things moved on, everybody felt so secure with him. And they gave him more. He reshot a lot more than was originally intended."
They gave him more. "They" has to be Lucasfilm. We don't know how much was originally intended, but apparently Bettany knows. This is now sounding very much like Ron Howard's film.
There's mystery surrounding Bettany's character, but he did share some details in Total Film:
"Suddenly, I'm an intergalactic gangster and I'm walking down some stairs and an R2 unit goes by with some champagne, and I'm like... [drops jaw] I had that feeling that I hadn't had since I was first on a film set - I was a little boy doing the best job in the world."
An intergalactic gangster makes sense for a movie about Han Solo. According to /FILM, Bettany is taking over the character Michael K. Williams was expected to play, but had to be cut out later due to his busy schedule. However, Deadline disputed that, saying Bettany will be playing a completely different character.
"Solo" is scheduled to be released in theaters on May 25, 2018. So it'll end up competing against Bettany's other blockbuster, "Avengers: Infinity War," which opens May 4, 2018.
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