Only just recovered from the news Robert Pattinson was slated to replace Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones in a rebooted series? Well, I've got good news and (depending on your opinion) bad news.
You see, Robert Pattinson apparently isn't going to replace Ford as Indy, but he could be becoming the young Han Solo in the planned Star Wars spin-off movies.
Now, personally, I'm not sure how much faith we should put in these rumors. They come courtesy of Hollywood Life, which isn't exactly the bastion of impartial investigative journalism. However, here's what their 'sources' told them:
Everyone has been talking about the possibility that Rob will be the new Indiana Jones, but that is not going to happen.
Instead, he seems to be top of the list to become the "younger Han Solo before everything that happened in Star Wars."
As I said, until we hear anything from one of the trade sites or a more reliable source, I wouldn't get too carried away with this news. But it does give us the opportunity to discuss some other actors who could play a young Han Solo.
We already conducted a similar activity with recasting Indiana Jones, and to be honest, both Indy and Han Solo share some similarities in terms of personality and (obviously) appearance. With this in mind, we're going to forego the big names (no Bradley Cooper, I'm afraid) and try out some lesser known young-and-up-and-coming actors.
Garrett Hedlund first arrived on the scene at the fresh young age of 20 with Troy back in 2004. Although recently he's moved into more indie fare, including Inside Llewyn Davis and On The Road, he's also got a spattering of action and sci-fi flicks on his résumé which could come in handy for Han Solo. For example, roles in TRON: Legacy and Eragon show he knows the blockbuster ropes and can also handle the odd action scene. Furthermore, Hedlund has the kind of face which suits an anti-hero quite well. Remember, in his early years, Solo was a human smuggler who wasn't afraid to kill willy-nilly - anyone playing him in his formative years would have to walk this dichotomy between hero and scoundrel.
The one thing counting against Hedlund could a lack of comic edge that would be needed for a young and inexperienced Solo. Dave Franco, however, has got this by the bucket-load, including roles in 21 Jump Street and Neighbors. Unfortunately, we've yet to really see him in a large role in anything other than comedy and he doesn't exactly have action under his belt. But comedy actors are constantly surprising audiences in their breadth and ability to convert to new roles - just take, for example, his brother James Franco. Indeed, a solid background in comedy could be one of the most important elements for anyone wanting to play Han Solo. He certainly seems to have the Solo cockiness sorted out.
Jack O'Connell is another rising young star who has slowly been creeping into the blockbuster market. Most recently you may have seen him in 300: Rise of an Empire, while he also cut his acting teeth in critically acclaimed films and television shows including Skins and This Is England. Most recently he also grabbed the lead in [Unbroken](movie:791899) - the story of Olympic runner Louis Zamperini and his imprisonment by the Japanese in World War II - which could give him the opportunity to stretch his acting muscles.
Boyd Holbrook is another young-ish star who's snapping up more and more interesting projects, including [Gone Girl](movie:833123) and a currently untitled Terrence Malick project. However, he's also got a strong résumé that could come in handy for playing Han Solo. His role in The Host (for which he won an award for Best Breakout Performer) shows he's comfortable wandering around in a dusty post-apocalyptic sci-fi world, while his performances in westerns such as the upcoming [Jane Got a Gun](movie:400498) and TV mini-series Hatfields & McCoys, could also help him get into that rugged smuggler vibe. Also, he does look a bit like Harrison Ford... kind of.
Now, this one has comes a little bit out of left field, and I have to admit a major reason for his inclusion is the fact I'm still buzzing from last week's episode of Game of Thrones. Despite this, I want to see more of Mark Stanley, who plays Grenn in the HBO fantasy series, and playing a young Indiana Jones could launch this guy into the big time. I consistently thought he was the best young actor on The Wall, and he's already proven he can throw around a sword and also keep things light with a little comic relief. He errs just on the right side of ruggedness, while my colleague Sarah has also reliable informed me he is a "megababe". Her words.
So there you have it - five young actors who we'd like to potentially see play a younger Han in the [Han Solo Movie](movie:857667).
What do you think? Do you have any of your own suggestions for a young Han Solo?
Who would you like to see a young Han Solo?