UPDATE! Woody Harrelson in Early Talks to Play Han Solo’s Mentor in the Second Star Wars Spinoff Movie
Variety reports that Lucasfilm is considering actor Woody Harrelson for an important role in the next Star Wars spinoff movie dedicated to the swashbuckling hero Han Solo. Read on for the details…
Sources tell Variety that, while talks are still in the early stages, Harrelson is the top choice to play Han Solo’s mentor in the upcoming “Star Wars” spinoff starring Alden Ehrenreich.
Kathleen Kennedy and Allison Shearmur are producing the spinoff film, which is expected to begin production in January. The movie is slated to hit theaters on May 25, 2018. Harrelson and Shearmur have close ties from their work on “The Hunger Games,” when Shearmur was overseeing the project for Lionsgate.
The ensemble has already begun filling with rising stars, but executives wanted this role to go to an actor with considerable clout, and started meeting with actors over the past several weeks.
Filming for Han Solo is expected to begin in February in London. Phil Lord and Chris Miller will be directing, and the only cast members officially announced so far are Alden Ehrenreich (Han Solo), Donald Glover (Lando Calrissian) and Emilia Clarke. Also Chewbacca was confirmed to appear in the movie.
Kathleen Kennedy described the Han Solo movie to have a heist or a western type feel. Woody Harrelson will definitely fit with this description.
What do you think? Is Woody a good fit for Star Wars?
The Hollywood Reporter confirmed the report, and Borys Kit even revealed another contender for the role that was considered before Harrelson:
True that Disney & Lucasfilm wanted someone big for HAN SOLO…before Woody Harrelson, CHRISTIAN BALE was the other big name in the mix.
— Borys Kit (@Borys_Kit) January 3, 2017