Woody Harrelson told ETs’ Carly Steel on Sunday at a press junket for his upcoming movie, The Glass Castle, that fans can expect a lot of humor from the upcoming Han Solo Star Wars story. He commends the performance of Alden Ehrenreich, who portrays the young Han Solo.
“He’s a great actor and a great guy, [with a] great sense of humor,” Harrelson said. “I think a lot of humor comes through what he’s doing. I think it could be one of the funnier Star Wars movies.”
In recent months, the project has faced some serious on-set drama as the film’s original directors, Christopher Miller and Phil Lord, were fired from the project in June.
The two-time Oscar winner Ron Howard was tapped to direct the remainder of the production soon after. Harrelson said the movie is still going strong under its new headship.
“Fortunately, the force is still very much with us,” the 56-year-old actor said. “It’s great that Ron came along when he did.”
The untitled Young Han Solo film won’t be released any time soon, but Harrelson’s new drama, The Glass Castle, will be out next month. The film is based on a real-life memoir and Harrelson plays the role of an imaginative but alcoholic father to a young woman named Jeannette Walls, portrayed by Brie Larson.
The actress opened up about how they brought realism to the challenging family dynamic.
“I think what makes a powerful story is the universal aspect of it, the side of it that you feel like kind of goes beyond the specifics,” Larson said at the junket. “My upbringing wasn’t anything like Jeannette’s, but the sense of complication and misunderstanding and love that comes with growing up in a relationship with your family is, I think, very normal.”
Larson and Harrelson have actually had a close connection outside their current project. It was Harrelson who introduced his co-star to fellow Oscar winners Jennifer Lawrence and Emma Stone – who had both previously worked with him. The ladies soon became close friends and Harrelson told ET it was apparent that they’d all get along.
“There’s a lot of similarities. They’re all super talented, very smart, very funny, and kind of dazzling people, each of them!” he shared. “It was pretty clear they’d all get along.”
The Glass Castle hits the theaters on Aug. 11. As for Han Solo project, it is set for release in May 2018.