It was reported earlier this month that Woody Harrelson was in talks to play the mentor to Alden Ehrenreich’s title character in Han Solo: A Star Wars Story. That information has now been confirmed, with StarWars.com saying that the Starvation Video games star has formally signed on for this subsequent Star Wars anthology film. Disney and Lucasfilm haven’t but titled the film, which additionally they name Younger Han Solo. Right here is the official PR.
Veteran movie and tv actor Woody Harrelson is stepping aboard the upcoming Han Solo film set to reach in theaters subsequent 12 months.
Harrelson, identified for wide-ranging roles in movie and TV corresponding to The Starvation Video games, No County For Outdated Males, True Detective, Cheers, and Zombieland, will be a part of actors Alden Ehrenreich (Han Solo), Donald Glover (Lando Calrissian), and Emilia Clarke within the journey. This Star Wars Story is the second in a collection of movies that dwell outdoors the Skywalker household saga, and is about through the early scoundrel days of the long-lasting characters, previous to A New Hope. stated the movie’s administrators Phil Lord and Christopher Miller.
“We could not be extra excited to work with an artist with as a lot depth and vary as Woody. His capacity to seek out each humor and pathos, typically in the identical position, is actually distinctive. He’s additionally excellent at ping pong.”
On this official PR, no character is revealed for Woody Harrelson. The preliminary report of his casting claimed he’d play Han Solo’s mentor, who wasn’t given a reputation on the time. Many speculate that Harrelson is enjoying a personality already established within the Star Wars Legend canon. Which isn’t a part of the official cinematic canon that features the primary seven characteristic movies, the spin-off Rogue One and the animated collection Star Wars: Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels.
It’s believed that Harrelson is both enjoying Garris Shrike, or a personality carefully primarily based on this house pirate. Garris is credited for educating Han Solo easy methods to fly and shoot like a scoundrel. Simply as Kylo Ren (aka Ben Organa) is constructed from the material that made up Han and Leia’s son Jacen Solo from the Legends books, so would possibly Han Solo’s new mentor.
Han Solo could also be taking a cue from Oliver Twist, with Han Solo being raised as an orphan by this Garris Shrike-inspired particular person. Within the older books, Han Solo helped make up a band of merry orphans who robbed individuals. Garris was just like the household’s sci-fi model of Fagan to Solo’s Suave Dodger.
Shrike first appeared within the A.C. Crispin Star Wars novel The Paradise Snare, the place Garris serves as Han Solo’s entry level right into a world of crime. Therein lies a prepared made plot for administrators Phil Lord and Chris Miller and their screenwriters Jake and Jon Kasdan to curb from. Han Solo is claimed to happen roughly ten years earlier than A New Hope. Which makes since for The Paradise Snare. Within the ebook, Shrike catches up with Han Solo practically a decade after they final noticed one another. Shrike has come to gather the bounty on his previous pupil, however issues do not end up nicely for the previous man. He’s most definitely no Obi-Wan Kenobi.
The as-yet-untitled film, which is being produced by Kathleen Kennedy, Allison Shearmur, and Simon Emanuel, is scheduled for launch in 2018.