There are two Star Wars films on the horizon and somehow very little is known about either of them. We’ve yet to see any footage from this year’s “Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi” and next year’s anthology film, which will focus on a young Han Solo, is even more mysterious. While we wait for footage or photos from either one of those films to emerge, Woody Harrelson provided fans with a little bit of information about his character in the Han Solo film during an appearance on “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.”
Fallon showed off the first “Han Solo” cast photo, which features the film’s cast — including Harrelson — crowded into the cockpit of the Millennium Falcon. Fallon tried to pry info from Harrelson, asking the actor if he likes Star Wars. “I like it,” said Harrelson with a sly grin. “I wasn’t ever a fanatic, but it’s nice to be a part of it.”
Fallon didn’t give up and asked Harrelson about his character. “I play a guy named Beckett who’s kind of a criminal and a mentor to Han,” said Harrelson before throwing up his hands. “That’s all I can say!” Harrelson then revealed he’ll be in London working on the film until the end of July.
The name “Beckett” — if that’s how it’s spelled in a galaxy far, far away — doesn’t appear to have any connection to previous character in the Star Wars canon. Han’s mentor in the old expanded universe was known as Garris Shrike. That continuity was wiped away when Disney purchased the Star Wars franchise, thus allowing for Han to have a new origin that will unfold in the film.
Harrelson was officially announced as part of the cast back in January, although the announcement didn’t come with information about who he’s playing. Rumors and reports at the time had Harrelson pegged as Han’s mentor, and Harrelson’s comments to Fallon prove those reports right.
We’ve still yet to see any footage from the Han Solo film, nor do we know what its official title will be. Since the release of “Rogue One,” Lucasfilm has kept remarkably quiet about its upcoming Star Wars films. We’ve also yet to see any footage from this year’s “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” (the eighth film in the Skywalker saga). All that could change in a few weeks, as Star Wars Celebration will go down in Orlando from April 13 to April 16. It’s likely that we’ll get our first look at both “The Last Jedi” and “Han Solo” at the convention.
Directed by “The Lego Movie” helmers Phil Lord and Chris Miller from a script by Lawrence and Jon Kasdan and starring Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo, Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian, Joonas Suotamo as Chewbacca, Emilia Clarke, Thandie Newton, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Michael K. Williams and Woody Harrelson, the still-untitled Han Solo “Star Wars” anthology film is scheduled to hit theaters on May 25, 2018.