Woody Harrelson to Take the Dramedy Route in The Glass Castle


It’s not often that we get the chance to talk about Woody Harrelson. Harrelson was almost immediately forgotten about when the first season of True Detective over, as most people were focusing on the career revival of Matthew McConaughey. Compared to Harrelson’s Marty, Rust — and McConaughey’s performance — outshone him. Whether or not the washing away of Woody Harrelson was fair — it wasn’t — isn’t what we’re here to discuss today.

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According to Deadline, Woody Harrelson will be starring in The Glass Castle, a “dramedy” based on Janette Walls memoir dealing with her estranged parents moving closer to her. It’s not exactly a film that is outside Harrelson’s wheelhouse.

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One of the reasons that Matthew McConaughey received so much attention was because he was moving in a new direction, while Harrelson has had a much more varied filmography over the years.

It’s also worth noting that apparently Matthew McConaughey was originally up for a role in the film, but eventually decided to pass on it. Or as Deadline colorfully puts it, McConaughey “kicked the tires.” Woody Harrelson turned in an excellent performance as Marty, though he obviously hasn’t exactly been idle since True Detective ended.

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The next chance to see Harrelson strut his stuff will come later this month, when he once again — and for the last time — reprises his role as Haymitch Abernathy in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2. Maybe at the last-minute he’ll decide to take a turn as a wizard and join Colin Farrell in the Harry Potter spinoff, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.