Woody Harrelson and Thandie Newton are no strangers to large franchises. Harrelson was part of The Hunger Games, War for the Planet of the Apes, and the upcoming Venom. Thandie Newton has been part of Westworld, Mission: Impossible 2, and The Chronicles of Riddick. Yet when you speak to them, you can tell that they hold Star Wars at a different level of reverence than those other franchises.
In Solo: A Star Wars Story, Woody Harrelson plays Tobias Beckett. He’s a thief and smuggler that takes Han Solo under his wing. Slinging two blasters and robbing trains, he’s the space cowboy that Star Wars is known for and he plays a large role in sending Solo down the path to become the scoundrel we know and love. By his side is Thandie Newton as Val. She is also tough and uncompromising, but she has another role in this story – she’s the one thing that Tobias loves in that galaxy far, far away.
I spoke with Harrelson and Newton about their galactic love affair the day after Solo: A Star Wars Story premiered.
Solo: A Star Wars Story makes the jump to light speed in a high-octane adventure that navigates the perils of a dark and dangerous criminal underworld, forges new friendships that will last a lifetime, and reveals untold secrets from the hidden past of one of the Star Wars saga’s most unlikely heroes. Han Solo meets loyal co-pilot Chewbacca and notorious gambler Lando Calrissian for the first time, bound by a desperate mission against impossible odds that will help shape the irresistible scoundrel audiences have come to love.
Directed by Ron Howard, Solo: A Star Wars Story stars Hail, Caesar‘s Alden Ehrenreich as Han, with Atlanta‘s Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian and The Force Awakens‘ Joonas Suotamo as Chewbacca. Woody Harrelson is playing Han’s mentor, a man by the name of Beckett, while Game of Thrones‘ Emilia Clarke, Westworld‘s Thandie Newton, Avengers‘ Paul Bettany, and Fleabag‘s Phoebe Waller-Bridge also star.
The film is produced by Lucasfilm‘s Kathleen Kennedy, Allison Shearmur and Simon Emanuel. Lawrence Kasdan, Jason McGatlin, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller are the executive producers. Jonathan Kasdan & Lawrence Kasdan wrote the screenplay.
Solo: A Star Wars Story opens in U.S. theaters on May 25, 2018.