“We couldn’t be more excited to work with an artist with as much depth and range as Woody,” said the film’s directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller. “His ability to find both humor and pathos, often in the same role, is truly unique. He is also very good at ping pong.”
Earlier this month, TheWrap reported that Harrelson was in early talks to join the “Star Wars” spinoff as Han Solo’s mentor. The directors did not reveal any character details in their confirmation.
Kathleen Kennedy and Allison Shearmur are producing the spinoff film, which is expected to begin production in January with Ehrenreich stepping into the Millennium Falcon in a role that Harrison Ford originated.
The film is slated to hit theaters on May 25, 2018.
The first “Star Wars Story,” “Rogue One,” has grossed more than $916 million worldwide since opening last month.
Harrelson next appears in “The Glass Castle” opposite Brie Larson, “Wilson,” and the highly anticipated “War of the Planet of the Apes,” in which he plays the new villain. He is represented by CAA.