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Woody Harrelson joins cast of young Han Solo film

Woody Harrelson will play an unspecified role in

Woody Harrelson will play an unspecified role in a as-yet-untitled "Star Wars" stand-alone film about young Han Solo. Photo Credit: AP / Arthur Mola

Woody Harrelson has joined the cast of the young Han Solo movie.

Lucasfilm announced Wednesday that the two-time Academy Award-nominee, 55, would play an unspecified role in the as-yet-untitled “Star Wars” stand-alone film, scheduled for release next year.

“We couldn’t be more excited to work with an artist with as much depth and range as Woody,” the film’s directors, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, said in a statement. “His ability to find both humor and pathos, often in the same role, is truly unique. He is also very good at Ping-Pong,” they added jokingly.

Like “Rogue One,” this second stand-alone film in the franchise, the upcoming movie is set before the events of the original 1977 “Star Wars.”

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