While many actors would jump at the chance to appear in a Star Wars film, Woody Harrelson reveals he initially turned down the offer of a role in the upcoming spinoff Solo: A Star Wars Story. The reason? The two-time Oscar nominee was homesick.
“Honestly I’d been working, I’d done so many things back to back and I just wanted to go home,” Harrelson told Yahoo! Entertainment. “I was like, obviously this is something most actors would want to be a part of, but I just wanted to go home, so I decided not to do it."
Harrelson said that initial urge to pass up the role of Beckett, the criminal mentor to young Han Solo, had some precedent. "I mean, I turned down Hunger Games twice," he joked, "so this is no genius making these decisions.” In the end, he credits producer Allison Shearmur for convincing him to accept the role.
Directed by Ron Howard from a script by Lawrence and Jon Kasdan, Solo: A Star Wars Story stars 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 film opens May 25, 2018.