With the huge success of Rogue One the gears begin to turn on the next Star Wars anthology film. Lucasfilm has just confirmed that Woody Harrelson is joining the cast of the yet untitled Young Han Solo film.
The reports from last week rumored that the actor will be taking on the role of Han Solo’s mentor.
Lucasfilm and Disney reportedly wanted a big name for this role, and first considered Christian Bale before finalising on Harrelson.
“We couldn’t be more excited to work with an artist with as much depth and range as Woody,” said the film’s directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller. “His ability to find both humor and pathos, often in the same role, is truly unique. He is also very good at ping pong.”
Alden Ehrenreich will be taking on the legendary role of the Young Han Solo previously played by Harrison Ford.
Other cast members include Donald Glover who will be playing a young Lando Calrissian previously played by Billy Dee Williams.
Emilia Clarke also joins the cast in a undisclosed role.
The as-yet-untitled movie, which is being produced by Kathleen Kennedy, Allison Shearmur, and Simon Emanuel, is scheduled for release in 2018.