Woody Harrelson isn’t so sure his character Beckett is a mentor to Han Solo in the upcoming Untitled Han Solo Star Wars Story anymore.
Shortly after actor was announced to have joined the cast of the second Star Wars spinoff in January, Harrelson confirmed he was playing Garris Shrike, a bounty hunter who raised Han Solo in the former expanded universe now known as Legends, however, this was later debunked when the actor revealed his character name was actually Beckett.
So far, Harrelson has described Beckett as a criminal mentor to Han Solo (Alden Ehrenreich) but is still good at heart but in a recent interview with Comicbook.com to promote his new film War for the Planet of the Apes, the actor backtracked on his previous statement that Beckett was a mentor telling the site:
“I don’t know if mentor is really the right word, you know. I’m a criminal who he gets to know, and I guess, probably, I do have some influence on him. But I’m a criminal.”
It sounds like Beckett will still have an influence and help shape the smuggler and racer we later know as Han Solo but may not serve as a traditional mentor type to the young scoundrel.
The Untitled Han Solo Star Wars Story has been written by Lawrence Kasdan and son Jon Kasdan. The film is being directed by The Lego Movie directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller and stars Alden Ehrenreich as the young Han Solo along with Joonas Suotomo as Chewbacca and Donald Glover as the young Lando Calrissian. The cast also includes Thandie Newton, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Michael K. Williams, and Ian Kenny.
The Untitled Han Solo Star Wars Story is currently slated for release on May 25, 2018.
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