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Casting major blockbusters is no easy feat. There are lengthy contracts and logistics to deal with, as well as the task of wooing the actors you want to join the project. The latter can sometimes be the most difficult, as most actors are very particular about which films they take on, and must be cognizant of being type cast. This is apparently the case with Woody Harrelson, who originally turned down his iconic roles in both The Hunger Games franchise and the untitled Han Solo standalone film.
Looks like we need to send Alli Shearmur a muffin basket, because The Hunger Games franchise just wouldn't have been the same without Woody Harrelson's chronically buzzed Haymitch Abernathy. And while his role in the Han Solo movie is still a mystery, he's got the perfect sense of cockiness and bravado that will likely lend itself well as Solo's mentor.
It's a bit surprising that Woody Harrelson would have to be convinced to do these high profile projects, especially considering how beloved the characters are. Given the iconography of both The Hunger Games and Star Wars, the films were basically guaranteed to be a financial success.
The role of Haymitch is perhaps the fourth largest character in the entire Hunger Games franchise, after the three leads involved in the love triangle. And although Woody Harrelson likely isn't a big fan of young adult novels, one would assume that Haymitch's appeal was on the page of the first film's script. While originally appearing to be just a drunken a-hole, Haymitch soon proves himself as the most capable mentor in The Games. And while some of the other supporting characters were killed off in the process of the following three films, Haymitch's part just became more important.
Regardless, I'm glad that Woody Harrelson was convinced to do both projects. While details regarding the still untitled Han Solo standalone film are few and far between, I'm eager to see the actor step into a galaxy far, far away- especially in such an impressive cast.