Young Han Solo Actor Shortlist Revealed

By January 11, 2016

After making a much-needed comeback to the silver screen just a few weeks ago in Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens, Disney and Lucasfilm are planning on giving us even more of the beloved Han Solo character in the coming years. Although, this won’t be the Harrison Ford Han Solo that we’ve all fallen in love with over the decades.

Instead, the studio has one big hurdle on their hands with the casting of their 2018 Young Han Solo film, which is rumored to follow the iconic character during his early to mid twenties, before we meet him in the Mos Eisley Cantina in A New Hope.

Following the announcement that over 2,500 young male actors have auditioned for the role already just a few months ago too, it looks like we may have some idea of who could be playing this new version of the iconic space smuggler. Prepare yourself for some cringe-worthy possibilities too.

Variety is reporting that actors Miles Teller (Whiplash), Ansel Elgort (The Fault in Our Stars), Dave Franco (21 Jump Street), Jack Reynor (Macbeth), Scott Eastwood (The Longest Ride), Logan Lerman (Fury), Emory Cohen (Brooklyn), and Blake Jenner (Everybody Wants Some) are some of the rumored dozen of actors up for the coveted role. While NDAs and contracts still need to be taken care of, Kathleen Kennedy and directors Chris Lord and Phil Miller are reportedly set to begin screen testing the actors soon, with a decision hoping to be made sometime in the coming weeks.

The report also states that while the actor will lead his 2018 standalone film, the character could also make a small introductory cameo in this year’s Rogue One spin-off film, much in the similar vein of how Marvel and Disney cast Tom Holland as Spider-Man in both Captain America: Civil War and his 2017 standalone outing. The studio is reportedly focusing mostly on actors in the early to mid twenties range, but have also looked at actors as young as 17, and as old as 34 for the role.

So about the first half of this list I’m not a fan of, and the last half (starting with Eastwood) I’m slightly more okay with. Nothing against Teller, Elgort, or Franco, since I think that they’re all solid actors in their own right, but I just cannot see any of them as a young version of Harrison Ford’s Han Solo, and as screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan brilliantly said just a few weeks ago too – it doesn’t matter if the actor looks like Ford, they just have to feel like his Han Solo did. Eastwood I could see because he has that same silent, confident swagger that Ford had, but I don’t know if he’s proven he has the acting chops for the role yet.

Emory Cohen is one of the strangest choices on the list, but he’s also one of my favorites. He blew me away with his performance in Brooklyn and I think he could bring that same attitude that Solo has always had, while also bringing in a much younger feel to the character that we haven’t seen before. That could just be me, and I don’t think I’m understating it when I say that Disney and Lucasfilm have a near-impossible task on their hands with this one. But after successfully revitalizing the Star Wars franchise last year, I do look forward to seeing which route they end up taking here. Now, let’s just hope the manage to blow us away once again.

 Rogue One is set to hit theatres on December 16th, and the Untitled Han Solo film is set to be released on May 25th, 2018.

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Alex Welch

Alex Welch

Alex dreams of meeting a girl with a yellow umbrella, and spends too much time* staring at a movie screen. His vocabulary consists mostly of movie quotes and 80s song lyrics. *Debatable