Han Solo’s sidekick is a Wookiee, and now his mentor is Woody. After being rumored for the role earlier this month, Woody Harrelson has officially joined the cast of the upcoming young Han Solo anthology film.
Harrelson’s casting was confirmed via an announcement on the official Star Wars website. While the announcement didn’t include any information about exactly who Harrelson will be playing, it did include a statement from the Han Solo film’s directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller.
“We couldn’t be more excited to work with an artist with as much depth and range as Woody,” said Lord and 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.”
Earlier reports indicated that Harrelson will play the young smuggler’s mentor. This wouldn’t be Harrelson’s first time playing a mentor. He oversaw Katniss Everdeen’s trials as Haymitch Abernathy in “The Hunger Games” series and played Nadine’s teacher and confidant Mr. Bruner in “The Edge of Seventeen.” He has an extensive list of past credits, including “True Detective,” “LBJ,” “Now You See Me,” “Cheers” and “No Country for Old Men.” No stranger to the sci-fi and fantasy genre, he has also appeared in “Zombieland,” “2012” and more.
Harrelson joins a cast that includes Alden Ehrenreich (“Hail, Caesar!”) in the titular role as the young Han Solo. By Han’s side will be Lando Calrissian, played by Golden Globe winning “Atlanta” actor Donald Glover. Emilia Clarke (“Game of Thrones”) has also signed on for a role in the film.
Like “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” the still untitled Han Solo film will be an anthology film set outside of the Star Wars’ franchise’s main, numbered storyline. The film will follow the adventures of Han Solo in the time period before audiences first met him in “Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope.” As Disney’s first “Star Wars” anthology film, “Rogue One” tested the water for the studio’s concept and has proven to be very successful; the film has earned $916 million worldwide since opening on December 16.
Directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller from a script by Lawrence and Jon Kasdan and starring Alden Ehrenreich, Donald Glover, Emilia Clarke and Woody Harrelson, the still-untitled Han Solo “Star Wars” anthology film is scheduled to hit theaters in December 2018.