The Han Solo prequel film already has a large cast of talented actors, but another big name has been added, thus solidifying our need to see it just for the actors alone.
Directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller confirmed that Woody Harrelson has been cast in an unknown role in the so far untitled spinoff, according to Starwars.com.
“We couldn’t be more excited to work with an artist with as much depth and range as Woody,” said the film’s directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller. “His ability to find both humor and pathos, often in the same role, is truly unique. He is also very good at ping pong.”
Can we visit the set? That sounds fun.
It’s been rumored for around a week that Harrelson was going to be joining the film after sources confirmed he was going to be playing Han Solo’s mentor, although this hasn’t been confirmed.
Variety reported that executives had been meeting with actors for several weeks and “wanted this role to go to an actor with considerable clout.” Harrelson definitely has that clout, including in mentor roles (he was Katniss Everdeen’s mentor in The Hunger Games franchise and played a guidance counselor in The Edge of Seventeen).
It’s unlikely that Harrelson will be playing an Expanded Universe character, so expect somebody new to be joining the Star Wars canon.
Harrelson will be joining Alden Ehrenreich, who will be playing the young smuggler, Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian, and Emilia Clarke in an unknown role. It’ll be the second film in the Star Wars franchise that doesn’t take place in the main Skywalker adventure after the release of Rogue One. The film will follow the adventures of the nerf-herder before we meet him in Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope.
The film is expected to hit theaters on May 25, 2018.