Jon Favreau to voice alien in Solo

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 15 February 2018
Ron, Jon, and Lawrence (c) Twitter

Ron Howard, Jon Favreau and Lawrence Kasdan (c) Twitter

Ron Howard has revealed Jon Favreau will voice a "cool and important alien" in 'Solo: A Star Wars Story'

Jon Favreau will voice a "cool and important alien" in 'Solo: A Star Wars Story'.

The 51-year-old star shared a photo of himself alongside the movie's director, Ron Howard, and its writer Lawrence Kasdan on Twitter earlier this month, and now the 63-year-old filmmaker has revealed why Jon had taken a break from directing the upcoming 'Lion King' movie to join them on set.

He retweeted Jon's post - which was simply captioned "#starwars #solo" - and wrote: "Wondering why we r all together? @Jon_Favreau is voicing a very cool & important alien character for #HanSolo Flattered & fortunate I could pull him away from his #LionKing directing duties (sic)".

However, Ron ruled out a similar role for himself.

Asked by a fan if he'd voice a character, he replied: "Nope :-). Zero chance. But thanks for asking (sic)"

The 'Swingers' actor is a big 'Star Wars' fan and previously voiced Pre Vizsla in several series of animated spin-off 'Star Wars: The Clone Wars'.

And at one point, the 'Iron Man' filmmaker was one of many names in the frame to direct 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' and admitted at the time he felt "giddy" just to be considered for the project.

He said: "I have had the good fortune of working with George [Lucas] and around George, and whether it is doing a voice on 'Clone Wars', or being at the Skywalker Ranch mixing 'Iron Man' - so I have been very happy and lucky to just experience the culture that Lucas has created, both in my own life growing up as a kid and professional - whether it was interviewing him at film festivals on stage, he is just a really wonderful, talented gifted guy who has changed the business so much, so I am just giddy, first and foremost as a fan, to see what happens with it.

"I think there is a lot of question marks of how they are going to do it, and who they are going to do it with, and what the story is going to be about; but to say that I am not excited about it is definitely an understatement. We'll see."

Solo: A Star Wars Story

  • 4 stars
  • 2018
  • US
  • 2h 14min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Ron Howard
  • Cast: Alden Ehrenreich, Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, Donald Glover, Thandie Newton, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Joonas Suotamo
  • UK release: 25 May 2018

The origin story of the young Han Solo (Ehrenreich), as he gets out of Corellia, meets Chewbacca (Suotamo) and Lando (Glover) for the first time, and runs into former lover Qi’ra (Clarke). Ehrenreich has just the right easy charm and despite some missteps it’s an enjoyable yarn with fine set-pieces.