Woody Harrelson has officially joined the Star Wars universe. Last year, the True Detective actor has been cast as Beckett, a criminal and the mentor of young Han Solo (Alden Ehrenreich). In a recent interview, Harrelson divulged a few new information about his new character.
Han Solo Before Luke and Leia Skywalker
The upcoming anthology will be all about the life of the character previously played by Harrison Ford before he met Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) and Obi-Wan Kenobi (Sir Alec Guinness) in Tatooine. Ehrenreich who will take over as the young smuggler is surrounded with a stellar cast including Harrelson whose character sounds very much like the Han Solo fans have known and loved since he was introduced in Star Wars: A New Hope.
“I am totally psyched to be making a Star Wars film,” he told Evening Standard. “But the secrecy is on another level. What I can say he’s a good character, he is a mentor to Han and a criminal, but good at heart.”
The details about where and how he met Han Solo will likely be kept in secrecy until the movie comes out next year. Disney is notoriously strict with revealing important plot points of their upcoming movies.
But the recent statement from Harrelson does reveal that his character Beckett was a huge influence to how Han Solo eventually turns out. From a smuggler, the pilot of the Millennium Falcon became a hero of the Rebel Alliance.
It also confirms that the upcoming movie will be different from the origin stories of the expanded universe. Initial rumors claim that Harrelson will play the role of Garris Shrike, the hardened criminal from The Paradise Snare written by Ann C. Crispin in 1997.
In the novel, Shrike rescued and raised Han Solo, teaching him how to fly and ways of the criminal world. But Shrike is also not the best father an orphan can hope for: he often beat up young Han Solo. This put a strain on their relationship and when they finally reunited years after, Han wanted to kill his mentor.
While the movie might still follow the same beats as the novel, Disney and Lucasfilm might still adapt some aspect of the origin story from the extended universe. Han Solo might eventually find Beckett as someone he is at odds with.
Jabba The Hutt in Young Han Solo Movie?
But Harrelson’s new character will not be the only criminal who might play a major role in shaping Han Solo. Jabba the Hutt, the slug-like alien from Return of the Jedi, is also set to return to the big screen according to rumors.
Recently, a photo that emerged online revealed that the franchise is going back to Tatooine. An overhead shot of the set that is being built in a desert looks very reminiscent of Mos Eisley’s spaceport from A New Hope.
Movie Web speculated that this probably means that Jabba the Hutt will likely appear in the upcoming movie. The site mentioned that before he died in the hands of Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher), he use Tatooine as his main base of operations.
The relationship between Han Solo and Jabba the Hutt was not fully explored in the original trilogy so it will be a shame if the new movie does not include the crime lord. Hopefully, there will also be cameos from bounty hunters such as Greedo and Boba Fett.
The young Han Solo movie also stars Emilia Clarke, Thandie Newton and Donald Glover. The movie is directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller. It is set to hit the big screen on May 25, 2018.
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