Woody Harrelson joins Han Solo film cast

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It's now been officially confirmed that Woody Harrelson is joining the cast of the next Star Wars spinoff film.

Harrison Ford will not be returning to the role (for obvious reasons), which will be re-casted with Alden Ehrenreich, who is a pretty amusing actor and most Star Wars fans are willing to give him a chance.

The Star Wars series has a reputation for making stars out of relatively unknown actors, but Harrelson has been A-list since his breakout role in Cheers, more than three decades ago.

The Han Solo movie, the second standalone film in the franchise following "Rogue One", takes place in the years before the original "Star Wars", at a time when Solo was more of a scoundrel and less of a hero of the Rebellion.

Harrelson joins the promising project that already includes Alden Ehrenreich as the titular bounty hunter, Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian and Game of Thrones alum Emilia Clarke as a yet-to-be-named female lead. It's scheduled to hit theaters Memorial Day weekend 2018. One imagines that balance will also permeate Young Han Solo, and it sure would be interesting if they tackled the whole film as a Western of sorts. The announcement over at starwars.com doesn't offer any info regarding who he will be playing, but the old story is that he will be a mentor to Alden Ehrenreich's Han Solo.

Recently, it was reported that Harrelson was in negotiations to join the film and was Disney's top choice to portray a mentor to Han Solo.

Most of the Star Wars hype right now revolves around the highly anticipated sequel Star Wars: Episode VIII, which is releasing this December.

"He is also very good at ping pong", said the film's directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller.