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Woody Harrelson eyed for mentor role in Young Han Solo movie

01.03.2017

The YOUNG HAN SOLO MOVIE is one that is perplexing to me. I just don't see the appeal. If it's about Han Solo turning into the scoundrel we know-and-love, then for most of the movie he's - by definitionnot going to be the Han Solo we know-and-love. And if he's a dirty rotten scoundrel at the beginning, and it's about him learning a lesson and becoming a better person, then isn't that just a retread of EPISODE IV?

Well, according to Variety, none other than Woody Harrelson is being looked at to play Han Solo's mentor in the new YOUNG HAN SOLO MOVIE.

On the one hand, this is great news, because Woody Harrelson is awesome. On the other hand, Han Solo has a mentor? Is this going to be more Hero's Journey bullshit? I mean, more likely, he's probably going to be like a sleazy gangster or leader of some thieves guild or something that Han has to distance himself during the course of the film. That's all conjecture on my part, but that would fit the more grungy, seedy world Han is from.

I'm conflicted on this one, because I hate the idea of the film, but I love the cast and crew. Alden Ehrenreich was awesome in HAIL, CAESAR! and looks like he'll kill it as young Han Solo, Donald Glover was born to play young Lando, and directors Christopher Miller and Phil Lord kick ass (and get a lifetime pass for CLONE HIGH alone). So I don't know what to think. I guess we'll just have to wait and see when it comes out sometime next year (possibly December).

Extra Tidbit: Han Solo had a anthropomorphic green bunny friend named Jaxxon in the original Marvel comics.
Source: Variety

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8:51AM on 01/04/2017
I like that they are considering Woody for a role in this movie. I need to wait for character and set photos to decide if I like the style of the film. I am unsure of recasting roles in films though.
I like that they are considering Woody for a role in this movie. I need to wait for character and set photos to decide if I like the style of the film. I am unsure of recasting roles in films though.
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7:13AM on 01/04/2017
I love Woody Harrelson. But I don't have much intrest in a Han Solo movie.
I love Woody Harrelson. But I don't have much intrest in a Han Solo movie.
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5:16AM on 01/04/2017

You're thinking too much.

As you say, it's a great cast... Woody is a terrific addition... and the directors do fun original stuff.
Relax and enjoy it. It doesn't have to be more complicated than that.

A Star Wars movie with Woody Harrelson...
As you say, it's a great cast... Woody is a terrific addition... and the directors do fun original stuff.
Relax and enjoy it. It doesn't have to be more complicated than that.

A Star Wars movie with Woody Harrelson...
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9:53PM on 01/03/2017
This could actually be fun. Maybe not a mentor in the Obi-Wan sense of the word, but more of an older bounty hunter/smuggler that Han has to compete with, but ultimately has a lot of respect for. Kind of like the Star Lord/Yondu relationship in guardians of the galaxy.
This could actually be fun. Maybe not a mentor in the Obi-Wan sense of the word, but more of an older bounty hunter/smuggler that Han has to compete with, but ultimately has a lot of respect for. Kind of like the Star Lord/Yondu relationship in guardians of the galaxy.
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9:02PM on 01/03/2017
As much as I love Woody Harrelson, and the fact that he would be joining the SWU, I still think showing Han's origins is just a boring idea at this point considering how much bigger the franchise has gotten and how they could use this film on something as interesting, fresh, and exciting as another Rogue One type of film.
As much as I love Woody Harrelson, and the fact that he would be joining the SWU, I still think showing Han's origins is just a boring idea at this point considering how much bigger the franchise has gotten and how they could use this film on something as interesting, fresh, and exciting as another Rogue One type of film.
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10:02PM on 01/03/2017
I genuinely don't see how you can think diving into Han's previously unexplored origins can be "boring", and at the same time call rogue one "interesting and fresh". I mean, I enjoyed Rogue One, but it wasn't great. And as far as expanding the universe and exploring new territory? Please. The whole movie was summed up in the opening crawl of A New Hope.
I genuinely don't see how you can think diving into Han's previously unexplored origins can be "boring", and at the same time call rogue one "interesting and fresh". I mean, I enjoyed Rogue One, but it wasn't great. And as far as expanding the universe and exploring new territory? Please. The whole movie was summed up in the opening crawl of A New Hope.
7:20PM on 01/03/2017

oh and this

the mentor would have to die by definition, because he doesnt appear later on.
the mentor would have to die by definition, because he doesnt appear later on.
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7:19PM on 01/03/2017

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Woody could appear like a giant slug creature that han solo owns a bounty too? they might only use Woody's voice. we really dont know.... a Mentor does seem strange but Solo DOES defy the odds A LOT so he might have had a personal trainer... right?
but I had a thought, remember the opening of Indiana Jones an dthe Last Crusade? where a young River Phoenix steals a coranado cross from... THAT OTHER SLIME BALL THAT LOOKS SUSPICIOUSLY LIKE THE OLDER INDIANA JONES?
get that guy....
Woody could appear like a giant slug creature that han solo owns a bounty too? they might only use Woody's voice. we really dont know.... a Mentor does seem strange but Solo DOES defy the odds A LOT so he might have had a personal trainer... right?
but I had a thought, remember the opening of Indiana Jones an dthe Last Crusade? where a young River Phoenix steals a coranado cross from... THAT OTHER SLIME BALL THAT LOOKS SUSPICIOUSLY LIKE THE OLDER INDIANA JONES?
get that guy....
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6:22PM on 01/03/2017
I like the fact that Star Wars still goes by the tradition of casting promising young talent or great character actors for most their roles, rather than A-List names. Someone too famous would likely take me out of the movie, and Harrelson might be somewhat a distraction (unless he's playing an alien or something).
Also, based on the directors and actors cast so far, is this supposed to be more of a comedy? I have a feeling they want to go for a "Guardians of the Galaxy" type film, but really
I like the fact that Star Wars still goes by the tradition of casting promising young talent or great character actors for most their roles, rather than A-List names. Someone too famous would likely take me out of the movie, and Harrelson might be somewhat a distraction (unless he's playing an alien or something).
Also, based on the directors and actors cast so far, is this supposed to be more of a comedy? I have a feeling they want to go for a "Guardians of the Galaxy" type film, but really not sure if that works for Star Wars. At the same time, an overly dramatic Solo films doesn't seem right either. I've got a bad feeling about this.
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6:13PM on 01/03/2017
It's a movie a year, they can't all be Rogue One.
It's a movie a year, they can't all be Rogue One.
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