Woody Harrelson will soon dominate the blockbuster game with War for the Planet of the Apes and the young Han Solo film. The actor has opened up about the experience filming the latest Planet of the Apes, as well as hints for the Han Solo movie.
“I’m a real big fan of the Apes series—I like the old Apes but I really like these [new ones]. When I saw the first one I was like, ‘Yeah, incredible, I can’t wait to see the second one.’ Then I’m like ‘Holy shit, that may have even been better than the first one, certainly it was as good,’ because a lot of times sequels aren’t as good. And then I’m like, ‘Geez I can’t wait to see the third one!’ and little did I know I’d be in it. So I feel really lucky to be a part of it. I think Matt [Reeves] is an incredible, gifted, super smart filmmaker. I don’t think there’s a lot of people who can pull off what he’s doing, it is so humungous.”
After seeing bits of footage from the upcoming film, I can attest to the giant scope; Harrelson however continued to speak about how massive the film was.
“It was a bit daunting, I must say, at first. It took me a little while to get used to it because it was definitely the biggest thing I’ve ever been a part of, it was like going to work at a city, literally. And probably that many people and dozens of cameras, all different types of cameras, super high-tech cameras, motion-capture cameras, so technically it was wild. I really came to love Andy Serkis, who I think is an extraordinary actor and just a great human being—and all the other actors, we got along great. It was a really cool experience.”
He didn’t end there though, he began speaking about what to expect in the Han Solo film.
“It’s mind-blowing. I can’t really…you know, I never would’ve imagined that I’d get this opportunity so I’m really pumped about it. I really like those directors [Phil Lord and Chris Miller], I think they’re really great. You know let’s face it, almost any movie if the director’s great then the movie has a shot, but if they’re not obviously you’ve got very little chance of a good movie. I just feel great to be a part of that. What a cool thing.”
So while he didn’t reveal much, he went on to reveal he would act as a mentor for Han.
“I don’t think the Force is allowing me to talk about this. They want me to keep pretty mum so I better not say too much about it. They’re pretty top secret about the script and the story… It’ll be cool to be mentoring Han Solo, that will be cool.”
The Han Solo film is expected to hit sometime in 2018.