Saturday 29 April 2017

This Fair City actor just got cast in the new Star Wars Han Solo spin-off

Ian Kenny as TJ Deegan, left, in Fair City
Ian Kenny as TJ Deegan, left, in Fair City
Mark McKenna, Ian Kenny, Karl Rice, Ben Carolan, the cast of Sing Street movie at The IFI as part of the 2016 Audi Dublin International Film Festival
Ian Kenny in Sing Street
Ian Kenny, left, as TJ Deegan in Fair City
Ian Kenny as TJ Deegan, centre, in Fair City
Sing Street
Ian Kenny at the Irish Premiere of Sing Street at The Savoy opens the 2016 Audi Dublin International Film Festival
Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

He's come a long way from Carrigstown.

Irish actor Ian Kenny has been cast in a career-making role in the new Star Wars spin-off alongside a host of stars.

Kenny, who previously played TJ Deegan on Fair City before getting his big break in 2016's Sing Street, will join Donald Glover, Thandie Newton, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Woody Harrelson and Emilia Clarke in the upcoming film, according to Variety.

He was part of the Deegan family for six years before leaving the show in 2012.

Ian Kenny in Sing Street
Ian Kenny in Sing Street

It's not the first time the Star Wars franchise has chosen an Irish actor - Domhnall Gleeson played villain General Hux in The Force Awakens in 2015.

The Han Solo movie isn't due for release until 2018 and like all Star Wars movies, plot details are being kept under lock and key. All we know is that the new spin-off will take place before the first film A New Hope.

It's reported that Han Solo isn't the character's real name and the film will explore his background and how exactly he came to be.

Disney CEO Bob Iger revealed some details about the prequel, saying: "[The film] picks up Han Solo when he was 18 years old and takes him through to when he was 24.

Ian Kenny at the Irish Premiere of Sing Street at The Savoy opens the 2016 Audi Dublin International Film Festival
Ian Kenny at the Irish Premiere of Sing Street at The Savoy opens the 2016 Audi Dublin International Film Festival

There were a few things that happened [that were] significant in Han Solo’s life, like acquiring a certain vehicle and meeting a certain Wookiee, that will happen in this film. But you’ll also discover how he got his name."

As for Star Wars: The Last Jedi which is out next year, the film will not digitally alter any characters like with Rogue One, namely the late Carrie Fisher who played Princess Leia, saying: "Carrie appears throughout [Episode] VIII. We are not changing the film to deal with her passing. Her performance remains as it is.

"In Rogue One, we had some digital characters. We are not doing that with Carrie."

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