Uh-oh, Woody Harrelson could be getting a phone call from some of Disney/Lucasfilm’s lawyers if he’s not careful!
In an interview with Variety (watch it below), Harrelson is asked about his upcoming role in the upcoming Han Solo Star Wars movie and is asked is he can confirm he’s Garris Shrike, Han’s mentor from the AC Crispin novel, The Paradise Snare: The Han Solo Trilogy Book 1.
Shrike is a big character in the EU (now known as Star Wars Legends) as he was the man who introduced Solo to the world of piloting space ships and being a pirate, although he becomes something of a rival too.
The story in the novel takes place some ten years before a new Hope so it could give an idea of the timeline of the movie, perhaps.
When he’s asked if he’s Shrike, Harrrelson looks confused before nervously admitting ‘yeah, I am’ although I’m honestly unsure if he’s answering the ‘mentor’ part of the question or the specify ‘Shrike’ part.
We’ve known for a while the Harrelson was a ‘mentor’ in the movie (here) but how do you feel now that you know he may be such a fan favourite EU character as Shrike?
Does this make you more excited for the movie? Less excited? Let us know…
Star Wars and Lucafilm expert Pablo Hidalgo has taken to Twitter and said that while Woody was saying yes, he has no idea who the character is yet and that is ISN’T Shrike. In fairness, Hidalgo is most likely being totally honest here, so we’re going to have to go with our initial instinct and say that Harrelson wasn’t really sure what he was saying and therefore is likely NOT Shrike after all.
@bobbyrobertspdx This is like the time someone asked Daisy about Darth Plagueis’ staff. Why would she know this stuff?
— Pablo Hidalgo (@pablohidalgo) January 23, 2017
Veteran film and television actor Woody Harrelson is stepping aboard the upcoming Han Solo movie set to arrive in theaters next year.
Harrelson, known for wide-ranging roles in film and TV such as The Hunger Games, No County For Old Men, True Detective, Cheers, and Zombieland, will join actors Alden Ehrenreich (Han Solo), Donald Glover (Lando Calrissian), and Emilia Clarke in the adventure. This Star Wars Story is the second in a series of films that live outside the Skywalker family saga, and is set during the early scoundrel days of the iconic characters, prior to A New Hope.
“We couldn’t be more excited to work with an artist with as much depth and range as Woody,” said the film’s directors Phil Lord and Christopher 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.”
The as-yet-untitled movie, which is being produced by Kathleen Kennedy, Allison Shearmur, and Simon Emanuel, is scheduled for release in 2018