AceShowbiz - Woody Harrelson has responded to a report that he would join a "Star Wars" spin-off centering on Han Solo. During an interview at Sundance Film Festival on January 22, Harrelson confirmed that he would play Han Solo's mentor. "Yes, I am," he said when Variety asked him.
On January 12, during a live Q&A session held by Mashable UK, Harrelson also talked about his role. "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." Fans assume that Harrelson will play Garris Shrike, a man who raises Han Solo in a non-canon "Star Wars" books. There hasn't been any official announcement about the name of Harrelson's character, though.
Harrelson has pulled off a notable appearance as a mentor before. He played Haymitch Abernathy, Katniss Everdeen and Peeta's mentor, in "The Hunger Games" movie series.
The Han Solo standalone movie will focus on the event before "Star Wars: A New Hope", the same as blockbuster "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story". While plot details haven't been announced yet, it may focus on how Han Solo becomes a smuggler we know. The character was magnificently portrayed by Harrison Ford in classic "Star Wars" movies and "Star Wars: The Force Awakens". Alden Ehrenreich is on board to play younger Han Solo.