Actor Woody Harrelson has revealed who he will be playing in the next Star Wars standalone movie. In an interview with Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show (via IGN), Harrelson said he is playing a criminal and mentor to young Han Solo named Beckett.
“I play a guy named Beckett who’s kind of a criminal and mentor to Han, that’s all I can say.”
We’ve known for some time that the next Star Wars standalone would be a Han Solo anthology movie. In July 2015, Lucasfilm announced that a Star Wars movie revolved around how Han Solo became the galactic hero and famous pilot we all know and love was in development and would be directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (21 Jump Street, The Lego Movie). Actor Alden Ehrenreich was revealed in March 2016 to be playing Han Solo, with Donald Glover was later cast as Solo’s buddying smuggler, Lando Calrissian. Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke and Woody Harrelson were attached to the project shortly afterward.
With the film slated for a May 2018 release, with rumors suggesting it’s being pushed back to December, plot details are of course thin on the ground. However, Disney CEO Bob Iger has recently shared some information about the Han Solo movie, Episode VIII and the future of the Star Wars franchise. Alongside mentioning how Episode VIII remains unchanged despite the tragic passing of Carrie Fisher who plays Princess Leia in the movie, he also shed light on the timespan of the Han Solo anthology film. Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter (via GameSpot), Iger said the movie will cover six years of Solo’s life when he’s 18-24 years old, and will see him obtain the Millennium Falcon for the first time, likely from its former owner, Lando Calrissian.
The movie began filming in January 2017 and entered principal photography at Pinewood Studios the following month. If we’re lucky, we may here more about the movie at this year’s Star Wars Celebration in April, but something tells us Episode VIII will be the focus – at least it better be, where is that trailer, Disney!?