When a Twitter user asked when fans could expect a sequel to the 1988 film “Willow,” Ron Howard — who is now directing the Han Solo origin story, and directed Davis in “Willow” — casually revealed that Davis has a part in the latest “Star Wars” tale.
“Glad you are asking for one! I directed Warwick Davis for the first time in 30 years today,” Howard wrote. “It made me happy.”
— Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward) July 26, 2017
Davis also confirmed the news.
“Reminded me what a wonderful experience ‘Willow’ was, made so by your expert direction and friendship,” Davis tweeted. “After 30 years, you’ve still got the magic!”
— Warwick Davis (@WarwickADavis) July 26, 2017
Davis first teased his casting on Star Wars Day, tweeting vaguely that he had “the privilege of actually being in that galaxy far, far away at Pinewood Studios.”
— Warwick Davis (@WarwickADavis) May 4, 2017
Davis is no stranger to the “Star Wars” franchise. His first acting gig was as the fan-favorite Ewok Wicket in “Return of the Jedi.” Since then, he has continued working in the “Star Wars” universe, appearing in “The Phantom Menace,” “The Force Awakens,” and “Rogue One.” He also appeared in the “Harry Potter” films as Professor Flitwick.
Howard was named the director of the Han Solo film in June after Disney and Lucasfilm fired Phil Lord and Christopher Miller months into the shoot.
The spinoff stars Alden Ehrenreich, Emilia Clarke, Woody Harrelson, Donald Glover, and Phoebe Waller-Bridge. It’s expected to hit theaters on May 25, 2018.