The next Star Wars spin-off movie is expected to focus on the origin story of Han Solo. It’s expected to arrive in theaters on May 25th, 2018 and stars Alden Ehrenreich (Han Solo), Donald Glover (Lando Calrissian), and Emilia Clarke (unknown).
According to Variety, the movie is working to add another major star to its cast: Woody Harrelson.
Harrelson, who is well known for his work on True Detective, No Country for Old Men, Now You See Me, and The Hunger Games series, is reportedly in talks to join the cast of the Han Solo anthology film. The 55-year-old would play the role of Han Solo’s mentor.
The talks are reportedly in the early stages with nothing finalized as of yet. The only other major additions to the cast along with Alden that have been officially announced are Glover as Lando and Clarke, although Clarke’s character hasn’t been made official.
Variety added in its report that after the first three big names to join the cast in Ehrenreich, Glover, and Clarke, executives want the role of the mentor to be played by an actor with “considerable clout.” As a result, execs have been meeting with potential actors over the past few weeks, one of whom is also a pretty big name.
True that Disney & Lucasfilm wanted someone big for HAN SOLO…before Woody Harrelson, CHRISTIAN BALE was the other big name in the mix.
— Borys Kit (@Borys_Kit) January 3, 2017
Disney has yet to comment on the news. Phil Lord and Chris Miller are directing the film after previously directing the following movies together: 21 Jump Street, 22 Jump Street, The Lego Movie, and more. Kathleen Kennedy and Allison Shearmur are producing the movie and Shearmur previously worked with Harrelson on The Hunger Games movies.