Lucasfilm Casts Doubt On Woody Harrelson's Star Wars Character

Woody Harrelson Han Solo

Directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller are gearing up to begin production on their Star Wars anthology film, a prequel centered around young Han Solo starring Alden Ehrenreich as the iconic smuggler. Over the past few months, the supporting cast has rounded into shape, with the likes of Donald Glover and Emilia Clarke signing on to play Lando Calrissian and the mysterious female lead, respectively. The most recent addition to the ensemble is Oscar nominee Woody Harrelson, who is locked in to portray Han Solo's mentor - a character he described as "a bit of a criminal."

Ever since Harrelson's involvement was announced, fans have offered their theories for who exactly he will be playing. Just yesterday, there appeared to be some confirmation when Harrelson seemingly stated in an interview that he would bring life to Garris Shrike, a figure from the now defunct Star Wars Legends publications. In those books, Garris was the man who raised Han Solo, so he would definitely fit the profile of a mentor/guardian. Viewers were excited to see another Legends character make the jump to the official canon (following Grand Admiral Thrawn), but now there's some doubt over Harrelson's role in Han Solo. Things might not be as clear as they seem.

Lucasfilm's Pablo Hidalgo, who is the creative/story develop executive at the studio (and a leading member of the famed story group) took to Twitter to address the Harrelson situation, making reference to The Force Awakens screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan's "Darth Vegas" response to a question about the possibility Rey's staff once belonged to Darth Plagueis.

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