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Who is Woody Harrelson playing in the Han Solo movie?

Speculation abound after Hollywood's favorite stoner signs on for upcoming Star Wars story

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News broke this morning that Woody Harrelson signed on to join the cast of the new Star Wars young Han Solo solo project.

Harrelson joins a cast that already features three super-hot-rising-stars in Alden Ehrenreich (as Han Solo himself), Donald Glover (playing Solo's best friend, Lando Calrissian), and Emilia Clarke (as a character TBD).

Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, who are co-directing the film, released a statement of optimism about working with Hollywood's most lovable pothead:
We couldn't be more excited to work with an artist with as much depth and range as Woody. His ability to find both humor and pathos, often in the same role, is truly unique. He is also very good at ping pong.
We're definitely stoked to see Harrelson as a character in the Star Wars universe, but who will he be playing? As the Han Solo "spinoff" is a prequel to the original trilogy, there are sure to be a host of new characters we haven't even heard of yet.

Who will Woody Harrelson play in the Han Solo movie? Here are a few possibilities:

Han Solo's dad

Like Mads Mikkelson in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (with a title that is far too long), the announcement re: Harrelson's casting came somewhat after the announcement of the main cast. Does Woody Harrelson look enough like Alden Ehrenreich to play his father?


Chillbacca, more like

Chewbacca is basically a big shag rug, and you know how stoners love their shag rugs. Only joking. But after Joonas Suotamo was cast to be the body double to original (and aging) Chewbacca actor Peter Mayhew, we could see a recast of Chewbacca for this film.

Old Han Solo, in a flashforward

Wait, this isn't right. Old Han Solo is most definitely Harrison Ford, and also most definitely dead.

A soon-to-be-named bad guy

This is probably the most likely option. Harrelson could be a swashbuckling space pirate or a bounty hunter out to get Han Solo.

Captain Picard

Is the Han Solo movie going to be a crossover featuring characters from Star Trek too? Probably not, but Captain Picard and Woody Harrelson are both bald. So maybe... But I guess if they really wanted Captain Picard they could get Patrick Stewart.

Han Solo's racist droid buddy

Woody Harrelson as a racist droid whom Han Solo abandons in an asteroid belt! I love it.

Haymitch Abernathy

Surprise! The Han Solo movie is actually a Hunger Games spinoff starring Harrelson as his old character Haymitch.

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