Woody Harrelson officially joins the 'Star Wars' galaxy

Woody Harrelson signs on for Han Solo film

Woody Harrelson's heading into the galaxy far, far away to join an intergalactic band of scruffy nerf-herders.

Lucasfilm announced Wednesday that the Hunger Games actor has signed on for an as-yet-unrevealed role in the upcoming young Han Solo Star Wars movie, scheduled for release in 2018. Harrelson will be joining Alden Ehrenreich (who's been cast in the part Harrison Ford made famous), Donald Glover (as Lando Calrissian) and Emilia Clarke in the second spinoff Star Wars Story following Rogue One.

The Solo film will follow the adventures of the rogue-ish smuggler in his early days before the events of George Lucas' original 1977 Star Wars.

“We couldn’t be more excited to work with an artist with as much depth and range as Woody,” the film’s directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (The LEGO Movie) said in a statement. “His ability to find both humor and pathos, often in the same role, is truly unique. He is also very good at ping pong.”

The Oscar-nominated Harrelson, who had a role in last year's coming-of-age comedy The Edge of Seventeen, stars in the upcoming comedy Wilson (in theaters March 24) and plays a villain in the summer sequel War for the Planet of the Apes (July 14).

© Thomas Samson, AFP/Getty Images Woody Harrelson has joined the upcoming young Han Solo 'Star Wars' movie.

Woody Harrelson heads to 'Star Wars' galaxy for young Han Solo film

Woody Harrelson's heading into the galaxy far, far away to join an intergalactic band of scruffy nerf-herders.

Lucasfilm announced Wednesday that the Hunger Games actor has signed on for an as-yet-unrevealed role in the upcoming young Han Solo Star Wars movie, scheduled for release in 2018. Harrelson will be joining Alden Ehrenreich (who's been cast in the part Harrison Ford made famous), Donald Glover (as Lando Calrissian) and Emilia Clarke in the second spinoff Star Wars Story following Rogue One.

The Solo film will follow the adventures of the rogue-ish smuggler in his early days before the events of George Lucas' original 1977 Star Wars.

“We couldn’t be more excited to work with an artist with as much depth and range as Woody,” the film’s directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (The LEGO Movie) said in a statement. “His ability to find both humor and pathos, often in the same role, is truly unique. He is also very good at ping pong.”

The Oscar-nominated Harrelson, who had a role in last year's coming-of-age comedy The Edge of Seventeen, stars in the upcoming comedy Wilson (in theaters March 24) and plays a villain in the summer sequel War for the Planet of the Apes (July 14).


Woody Harrelson officially joins Han Solo film

It's official: Woody Harrelson has joined the upcoming Han Solo movie.

Following rumors that "The Hunger Games" actor was in talks to play Han Solo's mentor in the upcoming "Star Wars" tale, Lucasfilm has confirmed that Harrelson will be appearing in the standalone film. No details regarding Harrelson's role have been released.

“We couldn’t be more excited to work with an artist with as much depth and range as Woody,” directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller said in a statement.“His ability to find both humor and pathos, often in the same role, is truly unique. He is also very good at ping pong.”

Harrelson is the latest name to join the still-unnamed Han Solo film, which will follow Solo's adventures in his early scoundrel days before the events of "A New Hope."

Previous casting news includes "Game of Thrones" actress Emilia Clarke in a yet-to-be-revealed role as well as "Atlanta" star Donald Glover, who will play young Lando Calrissian (complete with cape).

Alden Ehrenreich will star as the young Han Solo in the film, which is due to hit theaters in 2018.

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