We may finally know what character Woody Harrelson is playing in the upcoming young Han Solo anthology film. After various rumors that the "Hunger Games" star would be filling a mentor role for the Millenium Falcon pilot, he outright confirmed it in an interview with Variety.
Harrelson was asked if he can confirm that his character is Garris Shrike, a figure from the Star Wars Expanded Universe. After some careful consideration, Harrelson nodded his head and replied, "Yeah, I am."
Disney acquired the rights to Lucasfilm and the Star Wars franchise in 2012 and announced that the Expanded Universe would no longer be canon. There has been some leeway since then to allow the cherrypicking of concepts and characters, with the most recent being the addition of EU antagonist Grand Admiral Thrawn on the animated series "Star Wars Rebels."
Debuting in the Expanded Universe novel "The Paradise Snare," Garris Shrike was the man who raised an orphaned Han Solo and introduced him to the world of bounty hunting and how to pilot a ship. Shrike was also abusive to Solo, which led to the dissolving of their relationship.
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.