Alright, I have nothing against Woody Harrelson but, I absolutely do not agree with this next bit of news.
The Southern actor, who most recently starred in Edge of Seventeen and was Haymitch Abernathy in The Hunger Games franchise, has reportedly entered talked for a role in the upcoming Han Solo spin-off currently in the works at Disney. He would play young Han’s mentor.
Wait, what? Harrelson has already done a franchise where he is the mentor figure (The Hunger Games). It’s hard to believe that he will be a good fit in the Star Wars universe. Sure, he has this schmoozy, laid back confidence and a charm that is hard to beat but, come on. Harrelson? In a Star Wars movie? It just doesn’t seem like a good idea.
According to Borys Kit of The Hollywood Reporter, Christian Bale’s name was also in the list of actors who could take on the mentor role. There’s no doubt both Bale and Harrelson can transform into “scruffy looking nerf herders”. I would much prefer Bale over Harrelson especially given that Variety alleges the film execs were looking for “an actor with considerable clout”.
It’s bad enough that they chose the wrong actor (Alden Ehrenreich) for Han, a role that should’ve went to Anthony Ingruber who expertly portrayed a young Harrison Ford in The Age of Adaline. This? This is just too much “meh” and not enough “wow”.
The supporting cast, other than Harrelson, seems like a good deal. Emilia Clarke, our favorite Khaleesi on Game of Thrones, plays Han’s love interest and the female lead of the film along with Donald Glover who plays a young Lando Calrissian. In my opinion, the supporting cast alone isn’t enough to get me watching. This’ll have to be a Star Wars film I miss, unfortunately, which is sad because The Force Awakens drew me in and I didn’t want to miss a spin-off. Oh well.
If you’re itching for more Star Wars be sure to catch Rogue One in theaters now.