The Star Wars franchise is edging closer to finding the right actor to fill out a young Han Solo’s daringly tight pants in the upcoming spin-off from directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller.
Gone are some of the odd outliers from the long list like Mr. Robot’s Rami Malek, and Variety reports that a quarter of recognizable young actors-Miles Teller, Dave Franco, Logan Lerman, and Ansel Elgort-are leading the short list.
The fewer expectations the better for our new young Han.
Somew in the middle of the pack is Clint Eastwood’s son, Scott Eastwood, who, at 29, is the oldest actor on the short list and creeping up on the age Ford was when he made A New Hope.
Testing is still going on and the Han Solo spin-off won’t begin shooting until next January, but Variety reports that Lucasfilm plans to nail down their new young star in the next few weeks.
Though t’s no official confirmation yet, t’s an enticing rumor that “The new Solo could have a small cameo in Rogue One: A Star Wars before appearing in his own stand-alone pic.” Rogue One is meant to take place just before A New Hope, so that could mean that this is less of a young Han Solo film and more of an early-30s Han Solo film.