Woody Harrelson has nothing but good things to say about his new project, the young Han Solo movie. The actor recently told the press that he thinks the still untitled spin-off is going to be the “funnier” movie from the Star Wars franchise.
Woody Harrelson Has No Bad Feeling About This
Alden Ehrenreich will play the galaxy's favorite smuggler in the untitled Han Solo Star Wars Story.
Despite the departure of Chris Miller and Phil Lord (The LEGO Movie, 21 Jump Street), Harrelson assured that the young Han Solo movie is on track to becoming the funniest Star Wars movie to date. In an interview with ET, the actor praised his co-star Alden Ehrenreich who he says is one funny guy.
“He’s a great actor and a great guy, [with a] great sense of humor,” Harrelson revealed. “I think a lot of humor comes through what he’s doing. I think it could be one of the funnier Star Wars movies.”
Ehrenreich will play the titular character, Han Solo, the space smuggler who first appeared on the big screen in 1977. He is one of the most humorous characters in the franchise, known for his dry wits. Of course, fans expect the movie will be a little funnier than the typical Star Wars movie.
Harrelson’s statement also reassures that the movie will not take itself too seriously even if its previous comedy directors were removed from the project. Rumors from earlier this year claimed that the reason why Lord and Miller were fired from the young Han Solo movie was because the duo preferred to give the actors a platform to improvise rather than stick to the script. This reportedly forced screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan to fly to the studio and monitor the production in order to make sure that the cast say their lines word for word.
It also contradicts rumors that Lucasfilm is not happy with Ehrenreich’s performance. In fact, the studio allegedly hired an acting coach halfway through filming in order to help the actor channel his inner space smuggler.
Ron Howard Speaks Up
Director Ron Howard also commented about the comedy in the young Han Solo movie. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, the Academy Award winner praised the young cast which also involves Emilia Clarke and Donald Glover.
“It’s a fantastic script, a great cast and I am having a fantastic creative experience with it,” Howard said. “It’s a great young cast, incredibly strong — smart, funny people who love their characters and love being part of this. I think we’ll be able to do something that is a lot of fun.”
Howard himself is a fan of the Star Wars franchise and has been grateful to finally be a part of the it since his involvement in the project had been announced last June. He also gave praises to Miller and Lord, saying that the footage they shot are “very usable” and might make their way to the final cut of the movie. Howard joined the cast and crew in London last week and will be filming the young Han Solo movie until around August. The untitled new movie is still on-track to be released on May 25, 2018.
Details about the upcoming movie remains scarce. The plot is yet to be divulged to the public, but what is know so far is the movie will follow the life of Han Solo before he met Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) and Obi-Wan Kenobi (Sir Alec Guinness) in Star Wars: A New Hope.
Howard has been dropping more information about the movie on his Twitter. Last week, he confirmed that Warwick Davis will star in the Han Solo movie in a still-unannounced character. He also snapped a photo of cinematographer Bradford Young hard at work on the set of the movie. See below:
— Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward) July 28, 2017
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