Woody Harrelson is gearing up for a trip to a galaxy far, far away. The Hollywood Reporter is stating that the actor is in early talks with Lucasfilm and Disney to appear in the upcoming untitled Han Solo Star Wars spinoff film.
Hail, Caesar!‘s Alden Ehrenreich is set to star as the younger version of the roguish space pirate made famous by Harrison Ford in the original trilogy of George Lucas’s iconic franchise. Donald Glover will be playing a younger version of Billy Dee Williams’ Lando Calrissian, while Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke has an as yet unnamed role.
According to the Reporter, the character that Harrelson is in discussions for will be an older mentor figure to the young Solo. They also state that Lucasfilm and Disney were keen on casting a ” big name for the role” and that among those under consideration included Christian Bale.
This of course won’t be the first science-fiction franchise appearance for the twice Oscar nominated Harrelson. He played the alcoholic adviser to Jennifer Lawrence’s Katniss Everdeen in the popular Hunger Games films and will be appearing in this summer’s War For The Planet Of The Apes.
The film, which is written by Jon and Lawrence Kasdan and will be directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller, is set for a May 25, 2018 release, though there are some rumors that suggest Disney will be pushing it back to December of that year given the luck that they have been having at the box office with their previous two Star Wars films released in that time frame.