We reported early last week that Woody Harrelson was looking likely to join the cast of the Han Solo standalone Star Wars movie.
And now it is official as StarWars.com has officially announced his casting. Hi stole so far is unknown although he is rumoured to be a mentor to the young Solo. Harrelson is one of the most versatile actors around and can switch from serious to funny to intimidating in the blink of an eye, so we can’t wait to see what he brings to Star Wars.
Here’s the official announcement:
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.
In related news, the new Lando Calrissian, Community star Donald Glover, has talked about being cast in the movie, and how he’s been a Star Wars fan his whole life and felt precious about getting the role. The actor has also said that he really hopes the movie is good and has no idea if there are sequels planned.
Watch him talk about it here:
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