Before anybody starts going too crazy, Ewoks are only one (possibly very minor) possibility to what Ron Howard actually said, though based on previous castings, it is definitely a possibility. In reality, Ron Howard was answering a question about Willow, a movie which Howard also directed, which starred Warwick Davis in the titular role. Howard very nonchalantly mentioned that he was happy to have directed Davis for the first time in 30 years, and at the time the tweet went out (yesterday) it was reasonably implied that he was referring to his new gig directing the new Han Solo movie.
— Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward) July 26, 2017
Davis, as some Star Wars fans are generally loathe to remember, starred in 1983’s Return of the Jedi as Wicket W. Warrick, one of the Ewoks who helped lead the rebellion to victory on the forest moon of Endor. Some fans are speculating that Davis’ involvement in the Han Solo solo film (that’s really just awkward to say) must clearly mean a return of the Ewoks. Yes, Davis was Wicket the Ewok in Return of the Jedi. In Disney’s new Star Wars universe, some Ewoks did apparently leave Endor with members of the rebellion. It is possible that Davis could be reprising his role as Wicket here.
Let’s all just take a few steps back though and consider some alternatives. First, the Han Solo movie is a standalone that follows the exploits of a younger Han Solo. All of the events should take place before the events of 1977’s Star Wars: A New Hope. All parties involved — including Han Solo — seemed somewhat surprised by the existence of the Ewoks in Return of the Jedi. If Solo had met Wicket during his earlier adventures, one might think the two would remember each other. Turning back to Warwick Davis, sure, he *was* Wicket before. That doesn’t mean he has to be Wicket now. Davis is a very talented actor, and could fill any number of roles outside of the Ewok suit.
Really all I’m saying is that we really shouldn’t be jumping to conclusions based on what Howard tweeted. He was expressing his happiness to work with an actor he’d worked with in the past, and didn’t expand any further than that (hard to do in 140 characters, really). We can assume that Warrick Davis will be in the still currently untitled Han Solo movie, though in what capacity remains a mystery. Feel free to speculate wildly in the comments below or on any of our social media channels!
Last Updated on July 27, 2017.