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Woody Harrelson reveals the name and some details of his character in the Han Solo movie

March 23rd, 2017 by Marc Comments

There were rumours a while ago that Woody Harrelson was playing Garris Shrike, Han’s mentor from the AC Crispin novel, The Paradise Snare: The Han Solo Trilogy Book 1, in the Han Solo standalone movie, although it was soon shot down (here).

However, the actor did confirm he was playing a mentor to Han Solo and now we have some further information… like his character’s name.

Appearing on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon (watch it below), the actor was talking about the role and revealed a few fun details:

“I wasn’t ever a fanatic [of Star Wars], but it’s nice to be a part of it,” said Harrelson.

“I play a guy named Beckett who’s kind of a criminal and a mentor to Han. That’s all I can say!” 

He also confirmed he’ll be filming in London until June.

Beckett isn’t a familiar name to Star Wars fans, so it’s likely he’ll be a new character in the story.

Given that we know the movie will cover Han meeting Chewie and Lando as well as getting the Millenium Falcon and becoming the famous smuggler, we can also assume that Beckett will be a pivotal character in this chapter in Han’s life.

Where it goes from there is something we’re all excited to see….

Directed by “The Lego Movie” helmers Phil Lord and Chris Miller from a script by Lawrence and Jon Kasdan and starring 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 still-untitled Han Solo “Star Wars” anthology film is scheduled to hit theaters on May 25, 2018.

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Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….