“We couldn’t be more excited to work with an artist with as much depth and range as Woody,” directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller in announcing the casting. “His ability to find both humor and pathos, often in the same role, is truly unique. He is also very good at ping pong.”
No word, of course, on just who Harrelson will be playing. While the backstory of the smuggler was expanded on in a series of books and other media as part of the Star Wars Expanded Universe of tie-in products, that line of products was ended in 2014 and declared non-canon by Lucasfilm. It has since been rebranded as Star Wars Legends. Even so, numerous concepts and even a few characters created as part of Star Wars Legends have made their way into the new official canon created since 2014. However, Harrelson is rumored to play a mentor figure to the young Han Solo, a role for which no clear analogue exists from the former canon.
Original post, January 3, 3:15 PM: Woody Harrelson is in early talks to play a key role in Disney’s Han Solo movie, the next Star Wars stand-alone film that stars Alden Ehrenreich in the origin story of one of the franchise’s most iconic characters. Phil Lord and Chris Miller are directing the pic, which already has brought aboard Donald Glover as young Lando Calrissian and Emilia Clarke. Deadline has confirmed the Harrelson talks; Disney declined comment.
The untitled Han Solo movie is the second in the Star Wars stand-alone franchise that begin with last month’s bow of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, which has made $802 million worldwide already. The new pic has already staked out a May 25, 2018 release date.
Variety reported the news first today.