Woody Harrelson joins cast for ‘Star Wars’ young Han Solo movie
We likely won’t see a trailer for the standalone young Han Solo “Star Wars” film for at least another year, but we know another actor who will appear in it.
On Wednesday, Lucasfilm announced that Woody Harrelson has joined the cast of the as-of-yet-unnamed film that is set to be released in 2018.
“We couldn’t be more excited to work with an artist with as much depth and range as Woody,” the film’s directors, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, told StarWars.com. “His ability to find both humor and pathos, often in the same role, is truly unique.”
But who Harrelson will be playing is a little bit of a mystery. Movie news website Collider said the “Hunger Games” star will likely play some sort of mentor to a younger Solo, who eventually becomes one of the smoothest smugglers in the galaxy.
Collider also said Lucasfilm considered Christian Bale of “Batman” fame for the spot, but ultimately decided Harrelson would be the best fit.
The Han Solo movie has already assembled a pretty impressive cast. In addition to Harrelson, actors Donald Glover (who will play Solo’s buddy Lando Calrissian) and Emilia Clarke have signed on to star in the movie, while Alden Ehrenreich is set to play Solo himself.
For those needing a “Star Wars” fix sooner than 2018, might we remind you that “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” is still in theaters and Episode VIII is scheduled for release later this year.