The Han Solo movie might be in a state of flux, but Woody Harrelson — who plays Beckett, mentor of the young hero — has suggested that, no matter what the finished product looks like, it might be one of the funniest films from a galaxy far, far away yet.
“He’s a great actor and a great guy, [with a] great sense of humor,” Harrelson said of the new Han Solo, Alden Ehrenreich, when talking to ET. “I think a lot of humor comes through what he’s doing. I think it could be one of the funnier Star Wars movies.”
That shouldn’t come as a surprise; Han Solo has always been one of the primary sources of humor in the entire franchise, after all. (What else would you expect from such a charming smuggler?) What makes it potentially unexpected, however, was how humorless the previous Star Wars stand-alone movie, Rogue One, was.
It’s possible — even likely — that the various Star Wars Story projects are reverse-engineering the genre mix of the original Star Wars trilogy and emphasizing particular tropes in an attempt to fully understand what it is about the movies that audiences respond to: Rogue One leans heavily on the action, and the Han Solo project on the humor, leaving a future third movie to focus in on the Force mysticism, perhaps…?
Harrelson also touched on the pic’s behind-the-scenes problems that resulted in the installation of new director Ron Howard at the very end of the initial shoot, saying, “Fortunately, the force is still very much with us. … It’s great that Ron came along when he did.”
The as-yet untitled movie is still scheduled for release on May 25, 2018.