Three Actors Revealed To Be On Disney’s Shortlist For the Young Han Solo Movie

By March 15, 2016

After recently revealing the film will tell the origin stories of two iconic Star Wars characters, Disney is finally starting to narrow down their search for the titular role in their 2018 Young Han Solo movie, which will be directed by 22 Jump Street filmmakers Phil Lord and Chris Miller.

Honestly, these names sound a whole lot better than the ones who had been previously rumored as well.

THR is reporting that Alden Ehrenreich (Hail, Caesar!), Jack Reynor (Macbeth), and Taron Egerton (Kingsman: The Secret Service) are reportedly three of the names on the studio’s small shortlist of actors for the role. Although, the report does also state that there are a few other names apparently on the list, but due to the high levels of secrecy surrounding the project, are currently unknown.

According to the report, tests for the role were conducted in London last week, with the actors being tested chosen from a group of ten actors up for the role, which also included the previously rumored Miles Teller and Ansel Elgort. Brooklyn‘s Emory Cohen apparently also tested for the role, as well as several actors from Richard Linklater’s upcoming film, Everybody Wants Some.

Disney has reportedly searched through over 2,500 actors for the role, as they try to complete the near-impossible task of casting an actor with the same kind of charm and onscreen presence that Ford brought to the role, while also (let’s face it) trying to piss off the least amount of fans as possible.

The 2018 spin-off film will be written by Lawrence and Jon Kasdan and will apparently follow the iconic spice smuggler during his early 20s, telling his origin story of some kind as well as his partner, Chewbacca’s. With Ford reprising the role in last year’s The Force Awakens to critical and fan acclaim as well, the pressure for Disney to cast this role well has increased even more so.

Out of these three choices though, Egerton would probably do well in the role, although my pick would be Ehrenreich, who stole the Coen Brothers’ Hail, Caesar! this year out from under a number of other high-profile, experienced movie stars, which isn’t something many actors his age could likely say. If he can do that with ease as well, then I’d at least be interested in seeing what his Han Solo would be like.

The Young Han Solo movie is currently set to hit theatres 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
  • David Johnson

    I’m way more concerned with the Directors Choice Myself. Hans need subtle humor not slap stick!