A few weeks ago, it was reported that Woody Harrelson would be joining the cast of Phil Lord and Chris Miller’s Star Wars spinoff focusing on the origins of Han Solo and of course, we now know that it is official. Although those initial reports indicated that Harrelson would be playing a mentor role to Alden Ehrenreich’s Han Solo, the identity of Harrelson’s character was still unknown. However, now Harrelson has confirmed that he will be playing Garris Shrike, the man who raised Han Solo. At least, he may have confirmed it …
While doing press for his upcoming film Wilson at the Sundance Film Festival, Harrelson was asked if he would be playing Garris Shrike in the Han Solo movie. The actor reluctantly replied “yeah, I am,” but it seems that he was a bit confused by the question and may have just been confirming that he will be in the movie. According to Lucasfilm Story Group member Pablo Hidalgo, Harrelson was not responding to the question about his character’s name, but rather simply confirming that he will play Solo’s mentor in the film:
Hidalgo’s suggestion seems believable, as it’s still quite early in the process and there’s a good chance that Harrelson doesn’t actually know his character’s name yet. Previously, Harrelson has said of his character: “I’m a mentor to Han but I’m also a bit of a criminal. I don’t think I should say much more than that because the Force is not allowing me.”
The still-untitled Han Solo movie, which hits theaters in 2018, also stars Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian and Game of Thrones‘ Emilia Clarke in an unknown role.