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The Star Wars universe has started to expand in ways that would've never seemed possible a few years ago. The galaxy far, far away has begun to splinter into brand new spin-off franchises, and one of the most intriguing of the bunch is the promise of Phil Lord and Chris Miller's Han Solo movie that will hit theaters next year. It is a project that will bring a ton of A-list Hollywood talent into the fold, including heavy hitters like Donald Glover and Emilia Clarke. One of the most exciting additions to the film's cast is none other than Woody Harrelson, and it sounds like we can expect his character to be a badass outlaw with a heart of gold who will mentor Alden Ehrenreich's Han Solo into the scoundrel we all know and love. Harrelson explained:

What I can say he's a good character, he is a mentor to Han and a criminal, but good at heart.

In other words, it seems that Woody Harrelson's character in the upcoming Star Wars spin-off will be a real scruffy looking nerf herder. Based upon the actor's recent comments to London Evening Standard, it sounds like Harrelson's role in the Han Solo spin-off will represent a primary source of inspiration for the titular character. Beyond that, we can assume that his morally ambiguous (but ultimately still good) personality will guide Han Solo to become the smuggler that we have come to know over the course of the last four decades.

While the promise of such an intriguing Star Wars character (portrayed by such a beloved actor no less) has us incredibly excited about the Han Solo movie, it is also important for us to temper our expectations. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story similarly lofty promises about the nature of Forest Whitaker's Saw Gerrera, but most of the interesting elements of that character's personality ended up on the cutting room floor thanks to edits and reshoots prior to the film's release. We're not saying that will happen to Woody Harrelson's character, but it serves as a stark reminder that these roles aren't guaranteed home runs.

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Having said that, there doesn't appear to be any reason to start worrying about the Han Solo movie just yet. If anything, now seems like the time to dial up our optimism. The film will take a close look at one of the franchise's most beloved characters, and the talent associated with the project is nothing less than spectacular.

The Han Solo spin-off movie is currently set to debut in theaters on May 25, 2018. The main Star Wars saga will continue when Rian Johnson's The Last Jedi makes its theatrical debut later this year on December 15.

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