If you're one of those people who was pissed off when Disney decided to jettison the already established Star Wars Expanded Universe when they took over, I'm not sure what you're going to make of this news.
We all knew that Woody Harrelson was going to be playing Han Solo's mentor in the upcoming Solo-centric prequel, but Woody seemed to confirm his character's identity in a new interview with Variety...
The interviewer asks if Woody will be playing "Garris Shrike" and Woody doesn't seem to hear her correctly at first, but then caves and says that yes, he is indeed playing that character.
For those that don't know, Garris Shrike was basically Han's mentor, introduced in the 1997 EU novel "The Paradise Snare." I doubt they'll translate his story directly as Shrike is likely too much of a scoundrel for Disney—spoiler alert, he killed Han's mother figure (a wookie) and tried to cash in a bounty on Han before ending up dead about 10 years prior to the events of A New Hope. Read all about him right here.
Anyway, the timeline seems to line up, as I doubt they'll end this flick right before A New Hope. After all, there can't be a sequel if they do that. It's all starting to add up.