Harrelson Confirms “Star Wars” Character

When Woody Harrelson signed on to star in Disney and Lucasfilm’s young Han Solo-centered “A Star Wars Story” spin-off, it was revealed the character he would be playing is something of a mentor to Han (Alden Ehrenreich).

His character’s name was never confirmed by the studio, but rumors quickly emerged that he would take on the role of Garris Shrike. Shrike first appeared in the A.C. Crispin novel “The Paradise Snare,” where Garris teaches Han Solo how to fly and serves as his entry into a world of smuggling and other crimes.

During an interview at the Sundance Film Festival on the weekend, Harrelson was asked point blank by Variety (via CBM) if he was playing Garris to which he said “Yeah, I am”.

Or is he. Pablo Hidalgo of the Lucasfilm story group cast doubt on the report yesterday, saying in a tweet:

He joins a cast that also includes Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian and Emilia Clarke, who is rumored to be playing a female wookie. Phil Lord and Chris Miller are directing from a script by Lawrence Kasdan and Jon Kasdan.

Production is scheduled to begin in February ahead of a May 2018 release.