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We've all long become accustomed to actors exaggerating the quality of their films in an attempt to get fans just that extra bit interested. With most films and comments, it's easy to see through the guff and instantly recognize the hyperbole. But there are some remarks regarding certain films that you just can't help but be enticed and excited by. The upcoming Han Solo adventure is one such film, especially since it's none other than Woody Harrelson who has now made some big claims. That's because Woody Harrelson has come out and insisted that the combination of talent involved in the Han Solo movie means that it's probably going to be the best Star Wars film yet. The actor emphatically declared:
So I have a suspicion, because if you look at the whole, all the movies, the backlog of every one of these movies, there's a lot of great stuff, but one might not be not as good with the writing in this or the acting in that or the directing in that, this has great actors, great directors, great script, and I really feel like we're gonna make the best one.
Way to set the bar preposterously high, Woody. There will be plenty of you out there scrambling towards your keyboards to write out the words Empire, Strikes and Back in response to Woody Harrelson's comments to Collider. And while it's true that Episode V is so outrageously perfect in almost every single way that some people feel the need to genuflect before a poster for it every day, there's a chance that Han Solo could eventually have it beat.
Before I get pelted with the internet equivalent of rotten fruit and vegetables (it's poop emojis, right?), just hear me out. First of all, there's the screenplay, which comes from the father and son writing team of Lawrence Kasdan and Jon Kasdan, who clearly know their way around the galaxy far, far away. Then there's the directing duo of Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, who with the likes of Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs, 21 Jump Street and The Lego Movie have proven that they can combine comedy, action and pathos in dexterous and hugely entertaining fashion regardless of the genre.
It also helps the above writing and directing teams have assembled a stellar cast for Han Solo, too. Not only does it have a superb mixture of experienced pros in the shape of Woody Harrelson and Thandie Newton, but it has young actors on the cusp of becoming megastars in Alden Ehrenreich, Donald Glover, Emilia Clarke and Phoebe Waller-Bridge, too. It also helps that they have a young Chewbacca as well. Plus, just look at how happy they all are in the photo below.
Glorious. We'll get to see if Woody Harrelson's prediction actually comes true, or whether he's forced to eat his words, when the still untitled Han Solo film is released on May 25, 2018.