BRITAIN-ENTERTAINMENT-CINEMA-HUNGER GAMES-MOCKINGJAYThe "Star Wars" galaxy could use some good news right about now, so how about the idea of Woody Harrelson as Han Solo's mentor?

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the actor "is in early talks" to join the Han Solo standalone movie. Variety took it further, confirming the "early" talks, but adding that Harrelson is the top choice. Either way, he would play an early mentor to Alden Ehrenreich's young Han Solo. (Woody Harrelson does seem like the kind of guy a "scoundrel" like Han would look up to, doesn't he?)

THR said Disney and Lucasfilm were searching for "a big name" for the role, and the search previously included Christian Bale. If Harrelson is still just in talks -- "early" talks at that -- then it's too tentative to say whether he's the top contender. You probably recall how many actors were up for Han Solo before they settled on the "Hail, Caesar!" star.

So far, the untitled Han Solo movie, directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller, has Ehrenreich in the lead, with Donald Glover as young Lando Calrissian, and Emilia Clarke as ... the lady lead. The movie is scheduled for release on May 25, 2018.

It has big shoes to fill, since the first Star Wars standalone, "Rogue One," is crushing everything in its path earning $800 million (and counting) at the worldwide box office.

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