According to Variety, Woody Harrelson is in early talks to potentially play Han Solo’s mentor in the upcoming spin-off film starring Alden Ehrenreich, Donald Glover, and Emilia Clarke.
Variety’s sources state that Harrelson is Lucasfilm’s “top choice,” explaining that while the rest of the cast is made up of rising stars, “executives wanted this role to go to an actor with considerable clout, and started meeting with actors over the past several weeks.”
I definitely think this choice has a lot of potential. Harrelson has done well playing characters who are reluctant “heroes” with sometimes questionable morals and motives. We all know that Harrelson can certainly play the role of a wise-cracking and arrogant, yet lovable mentor. In fact, he played just that role as Haymitch Abernathy in the Hunger Games franchise. Of course, I hope we don’t see just a retread of Haymitch if he is to star in the upcoming Han Solo film.
More as it develops.