Han Solo movie: Woody Harrelson reveals his role in Star Wars spinoff

Woody Harrelson is officially joining the cast of the upcoming Star Wars standalone film centered around a young Han Solo (Alden Ehrenreich), and Mashable got a chance to talk to the Hunger Games star soon after the casting news broke on Wednesday.

Details about Harrelson’s Star Wars role are scarce, but the actor confirmed rumors that he’ll be playing “a mentor to Han,” telling Mashable that his character is “also a bit of a criminal.” 

Much as Obi-Wan Kenobi schooled Luke Skywalker in the ways of the Force, perhaps Harrelson’s character will tutor the young Han Solo in the finer points of being a smuggling scoundrel. 

“I don’t think I should say much more than that, because the Force is not allowing me,” Harrelson chuckled. 

The Star Wars franchise is known for the distinctive aliens and droids that populate our favorite galaxy far, far away, but Harrelson told Mashable, “I don’t think I’ll have a lot of makeup or anything. We’ll see how that look develops — I’m meeting with those guys tomorrow, the hair and makeup and stunts and everything. We’ll just have a little discussion about that.”

Harrelson joins a cast that also includes Donald Glover (Atlanta) as a young Lando Calrissian and Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke in an undisclosed role

In the same vein as Rogue One, the Han Solo standalone is the second in a series of films that take place outside the Skywalker family saga depicted in Episodes I through IX.

Watch Harrelson’s full interview with Mashable below: