– by Joseph Jammer Medina

These days Disney is a real vault of secrets. More than any other studio out there, it seems almost impossible to get any real details on their projects. Sure, every now and then we get a series of rumors and such, but it’s really hard to find details that you can really stand on — especially for the actors involved. Considering how soon we’ll be getting Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and considering how very little we still know about it, that’s quite the testament to the power of the House of Mouse.

But, of course, that doesn’t stop us from asking and prying the talent involved. As of right now, one of the biggest question marks on the Star Wars horizon is the Han Solo film. We know a few cast members involved, and even some very minor broad strokes details, but little else. One of the big names that’s been attached to the project has been Woody Harrelson, and speaking with Evening Standard, Harrelson gave oh-so-minor details on his character, who we know is named Beckett.

“I am totally psyched to be making a Star Wars film. But the secrecy is on another level. What I can say he’s a good character, he is a mentor to Han and a criminal, but good at heart.”

We have to wonder if this good heart extends to his relationship with Han. In the former Star Wars expanded universe, there was one mentor-like character named Garris Shrike, who wasn’t above beating Solo, resulting in a strained relationship. Given Han’s personality, that type of interpretation wouldn’t feel out of place, but given the fact that Garris is no longer canon, Disney and Lucasfilm have room to change this character to whatever they see fit.

But we can’t dismiss the possibility of Beckett having a similar relationship. It’s very possible that “good at heart” can be code for, “Yeah he beats kids, but he’s still a softie somewhere down there.” Actors need to find some aspect of their characters to sympathize with, otherwise their portrayal could become disingenuous. All in all, this quote from Harrelson is not really all that helpful in bringing any meaningful thoughts to life on the character.

Oh well. Maybe next time.

The currently-untitled Han Solo film hits theaters on May 25, 2018.

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SOURCE: Evening Standard

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.