News - January 11, 2017

Woody Harrelson confirmed for key role in Star Wars young Han Solo spin-off
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Woody Harrelson confirmed for key role in Star Wars young Han Solo spin-off

Woody Harrelson has been confirmed for a key role in the new Star Wars spin-off about young Han Solo. 

Harrelson, who will next be seen in a leading role in War For The Planet Of The Apes, has been confirmed for an as yet unnamed role in the movie, though it is widely expected he will be playing a mentor to Solo. 

Alden Ehrenreich, star of Hail, Caesar and Beautiful Creatures is to play young Han Solo in the much-anticipated new Star Wars spin-off, which is now in pre-production, Donald Glover, best known for his roles in Community and The Martian, will take the role of young Lando Calrissian, while Game Of Thrones' Emilia Clarke also has a key role in the spin-off. 

The film, which is expected to be called Han Solo: A Star Wars Story, is currently in pre-production with 22 Jump Street directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller. It is due to hit cinemas on May 25th in 2018. 

Speaking about Harrelson's casting, Lord and Miller said: "“We couldn’t be more excited to work with an artist with as much depth and range as Woody. His ability to find both humor and pathos, often in the same role, is truly unique. He is also very good at ping pong.”

This movie is the second Star Wars spin-off following the release of Rogue One - A Star Wars Story is in cinemas now. 

Rogue One stars The Theory Of Everything's Felicity Jones, The Last King Of Scotland's Forest Whitaker, Milk's Diego Luna, Casino Royale star Mads Mikkelsen, Dragon's Donnie Yen, The Sun Also Rises' Jiang Wen, Firefly's Alan Tudyk and Exodus: Gods And Kings' Ben Mendelsohn and has been directed by Godzilla director Gareth Edwards. 

The story is set in between the events of Episode III: Revenge of the Sith and Episode IV: A New Hope and follows a band of rebel fighters who come together to steal the Death Star before it can be used to enforce the Emperor's rule. 

You can pre-order Rogue One - A Star Wars Story in hmv's online store by clicking on the icon on the right-hand side of the page and read our full review here. 

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Gareth Edwards

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