Following Lucasfilm’s confirmation yesterday that Woody Harrelson has joined the cast of the upcoming Han Solo “Star Wars” spin-off movie, the actor himself has now spoken about his role with both Mashable and Collider.
Promoting his experimental directorial debut “Lost in London” which will be projected live to cinemas as it’s being filmed, Harrelson confirmed some rumors but wouldn’t mention his character’s name. He does seem pretty excited to get to work though:
“I never would’ve imagined that I’d get this opportunity so I’m really pumped about it. I really like those directors [Phil Lord and Chris Miller], I think they’re really great. You know let’s face it, almost any movie if the director’s great then the movie has a shot, but if they’re not obviously you’ve got very little chance of a good movie. I just feel great to be a part of that. What a cool thing.
I’m a mentor to Han, but I’m also a bit of a criminal. I don’t think I’ll have a lot of make-up or anything. We’ll see how that look develops. I’m meeting with those guys tomorrow, the hair and make-up and stunts and everything. We’ll just have a little discussion about that.
They want me to keep pretty mum so I better not say too much about it. They’re pretty top secret about the script and the story… It’ll be cool to be mentoring Han Solo, that will be cool.”
Donald Glover has also spoken about his role as a young Lando Calrissian in the film with USA Today this week, discussing the pressure of taking on such an iconic character:
“Lando’s a big deal to me. It was literally the first toy I ever got. When you have something that’s kind of iconic … where people pay attention to it, it’s hard because you want to live up to the expectation. But all you can do is live up to your own. And Star Wars is really high.”
Glover’s commitments to the film have pushed back his “Atlanta” shooting schedule so that series won’t kick off its second season until 2018. Filming on the Han Solo film is aiming to get underway next month in the UK ahead of the film’s May 2018 release.