SPOILER WARNING:The following article contains spoilers for Solo: A Star Wars Story, in theaters May 25.
One of the writers of Solo: A Star Wars Story has dropped a major spoiler by confirming that Anthony Daniels will be in the spinoff movie, but that it won't be in his iconic role as C-3PO.
A staple of Star Wars lore, Daniels has played Anakin/Luke's dithering droid since the original Star Wars in 1977 and has gone on to be the only actor to appear in every movie since. Alongside the beeping R2-D2, fans have come to expect the pair of comedic robots in every Star Wars theatrical release, however, it sounds like both could be sitting Solo out.
Speaking to Uproxx, Jonathan Kasdan gave a surprisingly candid response to the 72-year-old's involvement. When asked if Daniels is part of the movie's impressive cast, Kasdan responded, “No, but Anthony Daniels is in the movie as a different character.”
The news comes after Mark Hamill apparently spoiled Daniels' cameo in the movie that tracks the early days of the nerf-herding smuggler, which led to everyone guessing that C-3PO would be back. Now, the mystery is solved as Kasdan reveals exactly what part Daniels will be playing.
“In the Papillon type offshoot story, the Wookiee that helps them escape, Chewbacca’s best friend, is played by Anthony Daniels – and beckons him to join them as they escape on a different ship," confirmed Kasdan.
Solo continues to break the norm when it comes to Star Wars storytelling, with the absence of C-3PO and R2-D2 being just part of this. While fans may be disappointed that Daniels won't be putting on that infamous droid outfit and voice for Solo: A Star Wars Story, they can surely expect him to come bumbling back onto their screens in time for Star Wars: Episode IX in 2019. Either way, at least Anthony Daniels gets to continue his tradition of starring in every Star Wars movie.
Directed by Ron Howard from a script by Lawrence and Jon Kasdan, Solo: A Star Wars Story stars Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo, Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian, Emilia Clarke as Qi’ra, and Joonas Suotamo as Chewbacca. They are joined by Thandie Newton as Val, Phoebe Waller-Bridge L3-37, Paul Bettany as Dryden Vos, and Woody Harrelson as Tobias Beckett. The film opens May 25.