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Woody Harrelson officially joins Han Solo spin-off movie


Story by Jack Foley

WOODY Harrelson has officially joined the cast of the Han Solo spin-off movie.

In a statement confirming the news, co-directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller said they “couldn’t be more excited to work with an artist with as much depth and range”.

They continued that Harrelson’s “ability to find both humour and pathos, often in the same role, [was] truly unique”.

However, they stopped short at giving any details about his role in the film – although they did reveal on the official Star Wars site that “he is also very good at ping pong”.

Alden Ehrenreich has already been cast as the young Han (stepping into the shoes worn so admirably by Harrison Ford), while Donald Glover, who won a Golden Globe on Sunday for his US TV show Atlanta, will play the young Lando Calrissian.

Emilia Clarke, of Game of Thrones fame, will also appear in the film, which is scheduled for release in 2018.

Harrelson is no stranger to big franchises, having played Haymitch Abernathy in the four Hunger Games films.

He was most recently seen in the critically-acclaimed coming-of-age teen drama The Edge of Seventeen and is generating festival buzz for his performance as former US President LBJ in the biopic of the same name.

Star Wars continues to be a lucrative proposition for Disney following the successful release of first spin-off, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story before Christmas. That film, directed by Gareth Edwards, has already made over $800m at the global box office in less than a month.

This year sees the launch of Star Wars: Episode VIII, which will follow on from the events of The Force Awakens.

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