Following rumours that Woody Harrelson was in talks to play a role in the upcoming Han Solo Star Wars spin-off, the directors, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, officially confirmed the veteran actor is joining the cast of the untitled movie.
“We couldn’t be more excited to work with an artist with as much depth and range as Woody,” directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller said in a statement on StarWars.com. “His ability to find both humor and pathos, often in the same role, is truly unique. He is also very good at ping pong.”
Harrelson joins Alden Ehrenreich (Han Solo), Donald Glover (Lando Calrissian), and Emilia Clarke in an adventure set before A New Hope.
The Han Solo spin-off was originally slated for a May 2018 release. However, the success of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story points to December 2018. This is more in keeping with holiday releases since The Force Awakens.