Woody Harrelson seems to be building a nice career for himself as the go-to guru for difficult young people. After guiding Katniss Everdeen through a revolution in The Hunger Games and Nadine through adolescence in The Edge of Seventeen, Harrelson has been officially confirmed for the Han Solo spinoff movie, and is rumored to play an early mentor of Han Solo, which is being directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller. The movie has already set Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian, Emilia Clarke as an unnamed female lead, and Alden Ehrenreich as the scruffy-looking nerf herder himself.
News of Woody Harrelson came from Disney where Lord and Miller shared their excitement for this casting.
“His ability to find both humor and pathos, often in the same role, is truly unique. He is also very good at ping pong.”
According to news sources, Harrelson emerged as the top choice in a search that included Christian Bale. While Ehrenreich, Glover, and Clarke all young stars on the rise, the studio apparently wanted a more established actor for this particular role.
Harrelson has been very busy since The Hunger Games franchise ended in 2015. He appeared in Triple 9, Now You See Me 2, LBJ, and The Edge of Seventeen last year, and has War for the Planet of the Apes, Wilson, The Glass Castle, and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri all planned for this year.
Details on the plot of the Han Solo spinoff movie are being kept under wraps for now, though we do know it’ll be set before the events of Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. Shooting is expected to begin this month. No additional information has been given about Harrelson’s possible character in the film, and we don’t know if he’ll be playing a previously established character or a brand new one. As of now, the spinoff is scheduled to land in theaters May 25, 2018, although rumors have been going around recently that Disney could push back the release to December.
This Star Wars Story is the second in a series of films that live outside the Skywalker family saga, and is set during the early scoundrel days of the iconic characters, prior to A New Hope.
The as-yet-untitled movie, which is being produced by Kathleen Kennedy, Allison Shearmur, and Simon Emanuel, is scheduled for release in 2018.
Woody Harrelson may be viewed as controversial by some fans. What are your thoughts with him joining the Star Wars universe? Does he bring the right type of talent to play in this franchise? Should the studio have gone after someone with more “acting chops?”
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