Harrison Ford is Han Solo, as much as any real person can embody any fictional character, and it’s tough to imagine anyone else stepping into the role after nearly 40 years.
With a “Young Han Solo” spinoff in the works from Phil Lord and Chris Miller, the time has come for us to meet and hopefully fall for a different stuck-up, half-witted, scruffy-looking nerf herder.
The filmmakers have taken their time, reportedly looking at thousands of young actors for the part, and now they’ve finally started to narrow down their choices.
Variety reports that the Han Solo shortlist currently consists of about a dozen names, including Teller, Elgort, Franco, Lerman, Jack Reynor, Scott Eastwood, Emory Cohen, and Blake Jenner.
The Han Solo movie isn’t due out until May 25, 2018 and won’t start shooting until January 2017.
The trade notes, t may be a very interesting reason why the filmmakers are so eager to lock down a lead. Rumor has it the new Han Solo will be introduced via a small cameo in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, which arrives December 16, 2016.
Not surprisingly, the actors on the shortlist fit a similar profile.
While the initial casting search included actors as young as 16 and as old as 34, the names above mostly fall in their early 20s. Some are more famous than others, but all are actors who could use a big, splashy franchise role to boost their careers to the next level.
A lesser known actor like Reynor would have more capacity to surprise, and would come with less baggage from his previous roles.