Assuming you’re a fan of both Woody Harrelson and Star Wars, we have some great news for you.
Star Wars fans always want to know the details of casting decisions for any new Star Wars projects. Remember in the 1990s when everyone was excited about Samuel L. Jackson and Ewan McGregor being cast in the prequels? It seemed at the time like those movies had such potential. Yeah, lets not talk about that.
The good news is, Star Wars’ run of terrible movies seems to have come to an end ever since they ditched fallen Jedi George Lucas in favour of the heir to the empire, Jar Jar Abrams. The Force Awakens was pretty good, considering how bad the previous three were. And Rogue One was bloody amazing.
Although the second instalment in the main “Skywalker Saga” storyline will be the next movie to be released, fans are already turning their attention to the one after that: a standalone Han Solo spin-off and origin story. Recent casting announcements include Donald Glover as the young Lando Calrissian, which is great news.
Today’s news was a bit more mysterious: veteran scenery chewer Woody Harrelson will appear in an as-yet-unannounced role. Possibly the father of Han Solo? A sleazy bounty hunter? The original owner of the Millennium Falcon? No doubt fans will continue to speculate until the mystery is solved. All we know so far is that he will be a “mentor figure” for Han:
This is news that most Star Wars fans can probably get behind. Although we’re always left to wonder how other casting decisions might have worked out. What if it was Nicolas Cage mentoring the young smuggler? Actually, that might have been a bit too much, come to think of it:
Speaking of alternative casting choices, it’s a good thing they went with Harrison Ford in the original film, or we might have had a decidedly creepier Captain Solo: Christopher Walken was originally considered for the part. This was in turn famously made fun of by Kevin Spacey on SNL:
There’s always the appeal of giving the roles to unknown actors as well. Although Woody Harrelson is a great choice, I kind of wish they had passed over Donald Glover and given the role of Lando to this aspiring actor, comedian Duval Culpepper, who does a really good job of selling the part:
You have to admit, he nails the classic Billy Dee Williams drawl. But Donald Glover will do a good job, I’m sure. And really, what other Star Wars cast member would be able to freestyle like this?
You can look forward to seeing Glover and Harrelson onscreen together in your favourite film franchise, some time in 2018. Until then, may the force be with you.