Woody Harrelson may play Han Solo’s mentor in Star Wars spinoff film


As a first foray into Star Wars spinoffs, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story has been extremely successful both critically and commercially. The upcoming young Han Solo film ought to do gangbusters as well. So far Alden Ehrenreich is slated to play Han Solo with Donald Glover set to play Lando Calrissian.

According to Variety, Han Solo is going to have a mentor, and Woody Harrelson is the frontrunner for that role.

Harrelson was also a mentor figure in The Hunger Games and, of course, Kingpin, the 1996 gross-out bowling comedy from the Farrelly brothers. It’s unclear if Harrelson’s character in the young Han Solo movie will be a pilot and swindler of some kind. I imagine Han’s mentor will be a down-on-his-luck former bowling champion who finds promise in a young Amish man (Han Solo) who can do the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs and pick up 7-10 splits like they’re candy wrappers.

I could be wrong, though.

Young Han Solo (aka Kingpin 2: Young Han Solo: A Star Wars Story) is set to come out May 25, 2018, though some rumors online suggest the movie may be pushed back to December 2018. This may be to ensure all actors are given proper bowling training so they can perform their own bowling stunts.

[via Variety]

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