Woody Harrelson praises Alden Ehrenreich's Han Solo

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 31 July 2017
Woody Harrelson

Woody Harrelson

Hollywood actor Woody Harrelson has praised Alden Ehrenreich for his performances in the untitled 'Han Solo' movie

Woody Harrelson has praised Alden Ehrenreich for his performance as Han Solo and has teased he will bring out the character's more humorous side.

The 56-year-old actor has been cast as galactic criminal Beckett who is believed to be a mentor to young Han on his journey to becoming a space smuggler, and Harrelson claims the film will be one of the "funnier" movies in the 'Star Wars' franchise.

Speaking to 'Entertainment Tonight', Harrelson said: "He's a great actor and a great guy, with a great sense of humour. I think a lot of humour comes through what he's doing. I think it could be one of the funnier 'Star Wars' movies."

The Han Solo spin-off movie is set to follow a younger version of the titular character, with Ehrenreich taking over the iconic part from Harrison Ford, and his sidekick Chewbacca as they first encounter Lando Calrissian (Donald Glover) and become intergalactic criminals for hire.

The Han Solo movie was rocked when directing duo Phil Lord and Christopher Miller left Disney's project due to "creative differences" with screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan, who previously penned 'Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back'.

The pair signed up to the project in July 2015 and began shooting in February, but they have now stepped away from the movie as their "vision" for the film differed from what studio bosses were looking for and were replaced by Academy Award winning director Ron Howard.

Harrelson insists Howard has been fantastic for the project, saying: "Fortunately, the force is still very much with us. It's great that Ron came along when he did."

Howard, 63, also previously revealed he had been approached to direct 1999 'Star Wars' prequel 'The Phantom Menace'.

The 'Star Wars Anthology' film is slated to be released in May 2018.

Solo: A Star Wars Story

  • 4 stars
  • 2018
  • US
  • 2h 14min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Ron Howard
  • Cast: Alden Ehrenreich, Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, Donald Glover, Thandie Newton, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Joonas Suotamo
  • UK release: 25 May 2018

The origin story of the young Han Solo (Ehrenreich), as he gets out of Corellia, meets Chewbacca (Suotamo) and Lando (Glover) for the first time, and runs into former lover Qi’ra (Clarke). Ehrenreich has just the right easy charm and despite some missteps it’s an enjoyable yarn with fine set-pieces.