Star Wars fans have been wondering who veteran actor Woody Harrelson will portray in the untitled Star Wars: Han Solo film, and now, thanks to a recent interview, it seems like we have a tenuous confirmation of which character he will be….
Last week, Lucasfilm officially announced that actor Woody Harrelson would be joining the cast of the next Star Wars standalone film — the untitled Star Wars: Han Solo. Soon after, during a Facebook Live chat with Mashable, Harrelson stated that he would be portraying a mentor to Alden Ehrenreich’s young Han Solo.
Back then, we theorized that Harrelson could be portraying a character from the now Star Wars legends books, a trilogy titled The Han Solo Adventures. The character’s name was Alexsandr Badure (Trooper), who was Han’s mentor and teacher during his brief stint at the Imperial Academy.
However, there was another “mentor” to a very young Han Solo, from when he was begging on the streets of Corellia, as an orphan, who Harrelson himself, seemed to confirmed he was playing, during an interview with Variety.
As you can see, Harrelson was asked if he was playing a character by the name of Garris Shrike. Shrike was a former bounty hunter turned conman who actually raised Han Solo. He was known to have a quick temper, and he would often beat Han and the other orphans he gathered to himself and had them steal and beg on the streets of Corellia, as well as other scams.
Shrike was created by author A.C. Crispin for the first novel in The Han Solo Trilogy, The Paradise Snare. These books tell the story of Han Solo from the age of a young orphan, around 10BBy all the way up to the time he meets Obi-Wan Kenobi and Luke Skywalkers in the Mos Eisley Cantina on Tatooine.
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