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– by Campbell Clark

The Star Wars anthology movie that follows a young Han Solo is filming right now, and in true Disney form, details for it have been as sparse as ever. Some of the big details we have little to no information on has to do with the ensemble cast. We have known the cast will consist of the likes of Donald Glover (Lando Calrissian) and Alden Ehrenreich (Han Solo) for some time, but we have yet to find out much about some of the supporting cast including Emilia Clarke and Phoebe Waller-Bridge.

One of the most intriguing casting choices was Woody Harrelson, who we were told may be playing some kind of mentor to Ehrenreich’s young Solo in the movie, but since then there has been no other details about his character revealed.

Well, we can now add the character’s name to the list of details we have as last night Harrelson was a guest on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, promoting his latest movie Wilson. Fallon got around to asking Harrelson about his role in the Han Solo movie, and Harrelson revealed that his character’s name is Beckett and that he is indeed a mentor to Han and a kind of criminal.

Here is a bit of what Harrelson say:

“I play a guy named Beckett, who is kind of a criminal and I am a mentor to Han. I will be [filming in London] until the end of July”

Okay, this does not reveal very much other than confirm that Beckett is likely going to be a bit of a scoundrel and acts as some kind of mentor for Han, but it is good to finally have a name to use when discussing this character. The name itself is certainly not one I have come across before in the Star Wars mythos, though maybe some hardcore fan out there can spot something obscure that I have missed. I am assuming at this point the character is brand new to the Star Wars Universe, though it’s very possible they’ll still steal aspects from the character of Garris Shrike, who was a mentor figure in the now-obsolete former Star Wars canon. The same was done of The Force Awakens‘ Ben Solo character, who seems like a mishmash of different aspects of Jacen and Anakin Solo from those Young Jedi Knight books.

I know the idea of makinga young Han Solo movie has not appealed to everyone, there are many who would rather the character’s origins be left in the imagination of the fans somewhat and I also had concerns when I first heard about this movie. But with the impressive Rogue One: A Star Wars Story already out, the interesting casting choices, and the fact it was written by Lawrence Kasdan (Empire, Jedi, Raiders), is starting to make me wonder just how fun a movie this could really be.

What do you think? Is anyone else starting to think this movie could be something really good, or are you simply worried about them ruining the mystery of Han Solo? Let us know below.

The untitled Han Solo Star Wars spinoff hits theaters on May 25, 2018.

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Source: The Tonight Show