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Woody Harrelson has been cast in the Han Solo Movie

After much rumour and speculation, Disney have confirmed that Woody Harrelson has joined the cast for the upcoming Han Solo: A Star Wars Story (or whatever it ends up being called).

Harrelson had been widely reported as being in talks for a role that was also attached to Christian Bale for some time - that of Solo's "mentor". The True Detective actor joins Alden Ehrenreich who will play Han Solo, Donald Glover's Lando Calrissian and Emilia Clarke's unknown character in the story of Han Solo's life before he ended up meeting Luke Skywalker and reluctantly joining the Rebellion. It is reportedly set around a decade before the events of Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope.

The Han Solo movie is being directed by Chris Miller and Phil Lord from a script by Jon and Lawrence Kasdan. It arrives in cinemas in December 2018 in between Star Wars Episodes VIII and IX.

Last updated: 26/02/2018 13:06:48

Star Wars

Star Wars is a science fiction film series created by George Lucas. It debuted in 1977 and the first film was quickly retitled to Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope. It was followed by two sequels - The Empire Strikes Back in 1980 and Return of the Jedi in 1983. A trilogy of prequel films were launched in 1999 with The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith. In 2015 Star Wars returned to the screens for a new trilogy under the control of Disney with The Force Awakens directed by J J Abrams.

A series of spin-offs were launched in 2016 with Gareth Edwards' Rogue One and 2017 will see the second film in the new trilogy, Rian Johnson's The Last Jedi.

Another spin-off will be released in 2018 - Solo - which tells the story of Han Solo before the original Star Wars film and 2019 will round off the third trilogy with the untitled Episode IX.

A fourth trilogy of films has been announced for release after 2020 which will be overseen by Rian Johnson and they will feature entirely new characters and an entirely separate story.

In addition, there are the TV series The Clone Wars, Star Wars Rebels and a new as yet untitled live action series due to debut some time after 2020.

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