Woody Harrelson has officially been cast in the solo Han Solo film, Disney announced Wednesday via StarWars.com. “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 said in the release. ”
Harrelson’s role, as well as the film’s title, have not been revealed, but rumors say he will be playing a father figure to Han Solo, played by Alden Ehrenreich. Joining in are Golden Globe winner Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian and Emilia Clarke.
Following the success of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, the first standalone film in the franchise, Han Solo will tell a story outside of the core Skywalker saga. It takes place in the “Dark Time” era of Star Wars, between Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith and the original Star Wars film, A New Hope. That era has been explored in more depth recently with Rogue One, which ends literally minutes before A New Hope, and Star Wars Rebels, which takes place a few years prior.
Harrelson will be seen later this year in several films including War for the Planet of the Apes, as a villainous character. Han Solo goes into principal photography in February, and its officially slated to be released in 2018.
By Justina Terhember