Woody Harrelson Officially Joins Cast of Han Solo ‘Star Wars’ Spinoff
Woody Harrelson has officially joined the cast of the the upcoming Han Solo-centric Star Wars spinoff.
Earlier this month, it was reported the Zombieland star was in talks to take on the role of mentor to Alden Ehrenreich’s young Solo — a part which was allegedly vacated by Christian Bale – and now directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller have confirmed the casting news.
“We couldn’t be more excited to work with an artist with as much depth and range as Woody,” a statement on Starwars.com reads. “His ability to find both humor and pathos, often in the same role, is truly unique. He is also very good at ping pong.”
Harrelson will join Donald Glover, who will play a young version of Billy Dee Williams’ smuggler character Lando Calrissian in the spin-off, and Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke in the film.
Kathleen Kennedy and Allison Shearmur, whose previous projects include the recent Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and The Hunger Games franchise, are on board to produce the film, which is now scheduled for release in December, 2018.
Harrelson, 55, previously worked with Kennedy and Shearmur on The Hunger Games films — he portrayed a similar mentor character, Haymitch Abernathy.
Meanwhile, the actor is set to make his directorial debut with ambitious new internet series Lost in London. He stars as himself in the upcoming comedy, which will be streamed live as it’s filmed later this month. Harrelson describes the project as “a deep, soul-searching comedy” about “one of the worst nights of my life”.
The series will take fans back to 2002, when Harrelson spent an evening in a London jail after smashing an ashtray in a taxi cab.