You ask a random sampling of people who their favorite Star Wars character is, and there's a good-to-fair chance that one name will stand above all others: Han Solo. He's everyone's favorite lovable scoundrel (just don't call him scruffy looking!). We've known for some time that Lucasfilm is working on a film that would center on the smuggler's younger days, and it now looks like we may meet the man who taught him to be such a charming cad in the first place.
Variety is reporting that the script for Han Solo: A Star Wars Story includes a mentor figure, and if the man who's at the top of Lucasfilm's list to play him is any indication, he's going to be a straight-up "OG" scoundrel. The man they're trying to line up for the role? Woody Harrelson.
According to the news outlet, talks are still only in the earliest of stages, but they assure us that Lucasfilm has made hiring Harrelson a priority as he's their top choice. Something tells me it won't be too hard to wrangle the actor for a trip to that galaxy far, far away.
If he joins the cast of Han Solo: A Star Wars Story, he'll be joining a group that includes Alden Ehrenreich, Donald Glover, and Emilia Clarke.
Harrelson's had a major career resurgence in the last few years, with a role that brought him critical acclaim in HBO's True Detective, as well as a major supporting role in the lucrative Hunger Games franchise. He's also going to the be the main antagonist in this year's War of The Planet of The Apes. A role in the next standalone Star Wars film would keep that momentum going quite nicely.
I think he'd be an inspired choice to play the man that shows Solo the ropes when it comes to smuggling, pulling fast ones on tricky adversaries, and talking his way out of trouble.
What's your favorite Harrelson role? I'll always be partial to Roy Munsen, from the Farrelly Brothers comedy Kingpin.