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When Ron Howard took over directing the Han Solo movie he actually joined a project created by George Lucas for the second time in his career. As it turns out, the two films have something else in common as well. Warwick Davis, who played the title character in Ron Howard's Willow, has been confirmed to have some sort of role in the new Star Wars movie. Ron Howard revealed the detail in response to a fan who asked if Howard working with Lucasfilm might ever lead to the long desired Willow sequel.
While 1988's Willow was not the blockbuster movie it was hoped it would become, the movie has successfully built a loyal fan base over the decades. Ron Howard directed the film based on a story created by George Lucas. Now, the director and writer have been reunited once again on the set of the new Han Solo movie.
We, of course, know nothing about exactly what sort of role Warwick Davis will be playing. More than likely it's a simple cameo. Following Warwick Davis' role as Wicket in Star Wars: The Return of the Jedi, Davis has returned to cameo in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace and he also appeared in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Davis will also cameo in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. It appears the plan is to bring Warwick Davis as a good luck charm for most of the Star Wars movies from here on out, as luck would have it, in this case, that meant reuniting Davis with his former Willow director.
Warwick Davis confirmed his appearance in the new Han Solo movie in a tweet of his own, complementing Ron Howard as a director.
Odds are we won't even recognize Warwick Davis when we see him in the Han Solo movie. He'll likely be playing some sort of alien and be covered in prosthetics. Still, it's kind of cool to know that he's in there and that he and Ron Howard got to work together again. It's a silver lining to the insanity that led to Ron Howard taking over the job as director for the film. Now, if we actually could get that Willow sequel, that would be great.