Lawrence Kasdan Reveals What It Will Take to Cast a Young Han Solo

By December 15, 2015

Lucasfilm has taken on an enormous hurdle with their attempt to recast Harrison Ford in their 2018 standalone Young Han Solo movie. The film, which will be helmed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller, is reportedly going to follow the iconic character sometime between his early to mid 20s, and while no official story details have been revealed, the film will certainly have some big shoes to fill as a kind of prequel to Han’s life before we meet him in that Cantina for the first time.

Just recently, reports were revealed that Disney and Lucasfilm had already looked at over 2,500 young actors for the role, with some of the most notable names being Miles Teller, Ansel Elgort, and Logan Lerman.

While speaking with Vulture too, Force Awakens co-writer Lawrence Kasdan (who will also be writing the Young Han Solo movie with his son) revealed what exactly he and the rest of the creative team are looking for in an actor, speaking more towards Ford’s essence as the character, rather than his looks:

“You want someone who isn’t going to be exactly like Harrison, you want someone who suggests him. t’s like when you adapt a book, and I’ve adapted a couple: You don’t want to adapt it word for word, you want the essence to come through. With Harrison, though, it’s not easy to find someone with those kinds of qualities. He’s like Spencer Tracy, and what does a young Spencer Tracy look like?”

The Oscar-nominated screenwriter also revealed that the Han Solo spin-off was in George Lucas’ original plans for the franchise before passing the torch onto Kathleen Kennedy, but we probably won’t ever know if Lucas’ ideas made it into any of the new films or not. The fact that Kasdan chose to write a Han Solo spin-off film before he was even brought on to help with The Force Awakens though, gives me more confidence in this spin-off than I maybe should have (which I probably would be more skeptical about if any other writer was handling it).

Kasdan’s comments sort of echo what I’ve always wanted from this casting from the beginning too, which is that I don’t need this actor to look like Harrison Ford did in the 1970s. Would it be a nice bonus? Sure, but I’d rather be able to see the young Han capture that same charm and nonchalance he showed in A New Hope. If I can imagine him laid back and comfortable in the Mos Eisley Cantina, then Disney and Lucasfilm will have succeeded in my book. There’s no denying the difficult road they have ahead with this one though.

The Young Han Solo movie is set to hit theatres on May 25th, 2018.

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Alex Welch

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