Last week we learned that Woody Harrelson was in talks to join Phil Lord and Chris Miller's Han Solo standalone film, and today it's been confirmed in an official press release from StarWars.com. They don't say who he'll be playing, but the rumor was that he would be playing Han Solo's mentor.
Harrelson joins Alden Ehrenreich (Han Solo), Donald Glover (Lando Calrissian), and Emilia Clarke in the adventure. This will be the second film in the Star Wars Story series that is set outside of the Skywalker family saga. The Han Solo film is set "during the early scoundrel days of the iconic characters, prior to A New Hope."
In a statement from the directors, they express their excitement about working with Harrelson:
“We couldn’t be more excited to work with an artist with as much depth and range as Woody. His ability to find both humor and pathos, often in the same role, is truly unique. He is also very good at ping pong.”
I think Harrelson is a great fit for the role of a Han Solo mentor, and I'm looking forward to learning more about him as we get closer to the release, which is set for next year in 2018.