One way to keep getting roles in Hollywood is to play to your strengths. Everybody already knows Woody Harrelson is great at playing a mentor figure (albeit a very drunk one) in a sci-fi film thanks to The Hunger Games, and it’s looking like that might help land him a part in the young Han Solo Star Wars spin-off.
Only a few roles in the mysterious new stand-alone film have been cast so far. Alden Ehrenreich, known for playing the cowboy in Hail, Caesar!, got the coveted role of young Han Solo himself,
while Donald Glover will portray a young Lando Calrissian. Emilia Clarke of Game of Thrones fame has also been cast in the flick, but her part isn’t known quite yet.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Woody Harrelson is in talks to play a mentor to Han Solo. Disney was supposedly really wanting a big name for the part, and had also been considering Christian Bale. It’s unclear how they finally settled on Woody Harrelson or if they even extended an offer to him yet, but so far he’s the most likely contender.
Perhaps his incredible mentoring skills for Katniss Everdeen, played by Jennifer Lawrence, in The Hunger Games trilogy had something to do with it. Okay, so strictly speaking he wasn’t always the most put-together person you’d want dishing out advice, but Harrelson’s acting brought the character of Haymitch Abernathy away from potentially just being a dislikable drunk. Instead, he showed a deeply damaged competitor who was trying in his own way to make amends with his demons.
Harrelson is also in incredibly high demand at the moment. In 2017 alone, he’s already slated to appear in six different feature films, including The Glass Castle, which will star Brie Larson and Naomi Watts, and War for the Planet of the Apes.
If Harrelson can take on aggressive apes without a hitch, he can probably handle whatever young Han Solo and Lando Calrissian can throw at him.
The Han Solo film is due out in theaters on May 25, 2018.