When I heard that Woody Harrelson was rumored to play in the Han Solo movie as the Scruffy Looking Nerf Herder's mentor, I was beyond ecstatic and couldn't agree more!
You could say that Harrelson has been preparing himself for this role through the movies he's done in the past.
He was a mentor as well as a student in both the Now You See Me movies as Merritt McKinney. He was a mentor in The Hunger Games series as Haymitch Abernathy. He was even a mentor in Zombieland as Tallahassee. Let's hope that we'll get to see him again in the Zombieland Sequel.
But Harrelson is obviously not the only one who is in the Han Solo movie. So far we have Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo, Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian and Game of Thrones' Emilia Clarke as an unknown character in the movie. I'm betting Clarke will be a love interest to either Han Solo or Lando Calrissian or maybe even both and Clarke's character ends up with Lando and Han get's the Millennium Falcon.
With all these wild cards in hand, there's no telling what will happen in the Han Solo movie... or is there?
So without further ado, allow me to sit in the director's chair and tell you what I think should happen in the Han Solo movie.
1- Have an In Depth Origin Story for Han Solo!
Adding Harrelson in the mix as Han's mentor is a great idea! It will show how Han became Han through the examples of his mentor. I personally think it would be epic to have Harrelson's character find Han in some type of slum and take him in as his own and teach him the ways of being a Space Smuggler. After all, Han was orphaned and turned to a life of crime. I would even have a scene where Harrelson would tell the young Han that whenever he's faced with a hostile, to always shoot first. That way it's not only confirmed that Han Solo shot Greedo first, but we would see how Han got that idea.
To add on to this origin story, Harrelson's character should wear a vest, but not just any vest, the same fest that Han wears in the Star Wars franchise. Think about it, Harrelson could pass the vest on to Han much like what happened to Indiana Jones when he was given the hat in The Last Crusade.
How will Han get the vest is the question. Well since we obviously won't be seeing Harrelson in A New Hope(unless they pull a George Lucas and put him in the Special Special Edition of the said movie), it's most likely that his character will be killed off in the movie. But by who? I would personally have Greedo kill Harrelson. The reason being, is so that when Han meets Greedo in A New Hope, he exacts his revenge on the alien who killed his mentor. This would then confirm with what Han's mentor told him. "Always shoot first!"
2- Explain How Han Gets the Millennium Falcon!
From The Empire Strikes Back we are briefed on how Lando loses the Millennium Falcon to Han. In the movie, once Lando loses the Millennium Falcon, he will be sour about it and even accuse Han and Chewie for tricking him. Lando will even try to put them in prison but fails, because Han and Chewie will escape easily. This would fit perfectly with the conversation that they had in the Empire Strikes Back.
3- Explain How Han Meets Chewie!
Now as far as meeting Chewie, I'll tell you what I would do. In Revenge of the Sith, Order 66 was issued throughout the whole galaxy. This Order killed a lot of Wookies. I'm positive that the Clone Troopers even imprisoned the remaining Wookies, Chewie being one of them. I would have Chewie be a prisoner on a remote planet that a 10 year old Han and his mentor happen to be on at the time. Han will see Chewie and want to free him, so Harrelson will free Chewie so that young Han can have a fury bodyguard.
4- Cast Sebastian Stan as Luke Skywalker!
I understand that this movie will be mainly about Han Solo, but I think it would be perfect to have some cameos in the movie as a reference to the other Star Wars movies.
I would firstly have Sebastian Stan a.k.a Bucky from the Marvel movies as Luke Skywalker! I mean he almost looks like a young Mark Hamill when you put their mugshots together!
Stan as Skywalker doesn't even have to meet up with Han in the movie, just have a little side story of young Skywalker to show the time frame. But if Luke Skywalker does make an appearance in the movie, I would have it be at the very end, much like what happened in Rogue One with Princess Leia.
Speaking of Princess Leia, I understand that CGI was used in place of her in Rogue One, but I personally would cast Stranger Things' Millie Bobby Brown a.k.a Eleven as the young Princess Leia!
5- Cast Millie Bobby Brown as Princess Leia!
Again her character doesn't even have to meet up with Han Solo, just make an appearance to fit with the timeline.
What do you think? Would you see the new Han Solo movie if this happened? Let me know in the comments below!