The news coming out of Hollywood today may have just killed Star Wars for me. Woody Harrelson who recently played Katniss Everdeen’s mentor in the box office hit “The Hunger Games” is set to guide another iconic movie character because word is that he has been chosen to play Han Solo’s mentor in the upcoming Star Wars spinoff starring Alden Ehrenreich.
Also starring in the film is Donald Glover and Emilia Clarke, with directing from Phil Lord and Chris Miller.
The film is going to be set prior to the film “Star Wars: A New Hope,” like the other “Star Wars” standalone project, “Rogue One,” which hits theaters back on December 16, 2016.
The film is expected to begin production in January and will hit theaters on May 25, 2018.
They had planned to fill the film with a relatively unknown ensemble cast of young and rising stars but decided that this particular role required a veteran after with name recognition.
The first “Star Wars Story,” “Rogue One,” has set the bar high. Along with overwhelmingly positive reviews, it has grossed more than $800 million worldwide and is still in theaters.
Hopefully, I’m wrong about Disney just trying to milk as much cash as possible out of a devoted Star Wars fan base but I personally don’t find the selection of Woody Harrelson to be a positive sign about the movie.