Jon Favreau has quite the comfy arrangement as a celebrated director and part-time actor, notably featured in the Marvel Cinematic Universe films – which he was instrumental in launching as director of 2008’s Iron Man – continuing his recurring onscreen role as Tony Stark’s buddy/go-to-guy, Happy Hogan. However, the May release of Solo: A Star Wars Story will yield Favreau a new honor: Star Wars movie alumnus, thanks to a voice role for a key CGI character.
…We now know which character will carry his voice.
Not long after director Ron Howard whetted fan appetites by revealing that Jon Favreau will – in a demonstration of Disney corporate synergy – provide an unspecified voice role in Solo: A Star Wars Story, the notion would be elaborated upon and definitively confirmed by the man himself, who touted a tweet affixed with some revelatory hashtags and a by-now-familiar image from the film’s recent trailer.
Consequently, Favreau’s Solo character – while still unnamed – has been revealed as the diminutive four-armed pilot who, in the trailer, is identified as a member of the primary “crew” that Woody Harrelson’s Tobias Beckett will put together, joining Han himself (Alden Ehrenreich), Chewbacca (Joonas Suotamo), Han’s old flame Qi’Ra (Emilia Clarke), bellicose beauty Val (Thandie Newton), smooth-talking swindler Lando Calrissian (Donald Glover) and self-built droid co-pilot L3-37 (Phoebe Waller-Bridge).
It’s certainly an intriguing role for Favreau, whose career as an actor – outside of the MCU – was highlighted by film roles in The Wolf of Wall Street, The Identity Thief, John Carter, Daredevil (as Foggy Nelson), going back to a breakthrough role – opposite Vince Vaughn – in the 1996 nocturnal romp movie, Swingers. Fans of sitcom Friends will also remember his 1997 run on the series as Monica’s love interest, Pete Becker, who had quixotic aspirations of becoming an MMA fighter and UFC champion. – His directorial docket is full of franchise prospects in sequel Jungle Book 2 and Disney’s 2019-scheduled live-action adaptation of The Lion King.
Solo: A Star Wars Story has certainly experienced its share of production tumult, rife with rumors of script problems and the necessity of acting coaches; rumors that became substantively consequential in the summer of 2017 when the originally appointed directors in up-and-coming talents, Phil Lord and Chris Miller (of The Lego Movie fame), were abruptly removed, with Disney subsequently placing the project into a safer (vastly more experienced,) pair of hands with Hollywood heavyweight Ron Howard.
Solo: A Star Wars Story is scheduled to make its lightspeed arrival at theaters on May 25.