I've previously written that Han Solo will not be on board for the Star Wars Anthology project, and given that, on who could possibly play a young Han Solo. Among my suggestions I included: Colton Haynes, Liam Hemsworth and Dave Franco as actors who could fill the shoes of Harrison Ford.
Before you continue, check out Harrison Ford's audition tape for Star Wars: A New Hope!
We now have access to the official shortlist, as provided by Variety, who claims that the role of Han Solo will be played by one of the following: Miles Teller, Ansel Elgort, Dave Franco, Jack Reynor, Scott Eastwood, Logan Lerman, Emory Cohen or Blake Jenner. Check out their mug-shots below:
Now, let's not skip over the point that my personal favorite for the role, Dave Franco, has made the shortlist, but there are other strong contenders for the key Star Wars role. Most of these potential smugglers are between the ages of 20 and 25, although the studio has interviewed actors as young as 17 and as old as 34.
Now, here's the fun bit!
The Star Wars Anthology: Han Solo movie is scheduled to premiere on May 25, 2018. This would suggest that there is no rush to fill the role of Han Solo, however, Variety suggest that the rush to hire a new Han Solo actor could be due to an impending cameo in the upcoming 2016 movie: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
Simply, we could see a young Han Solo on screen as early as this year!
Rogue One will take place between Star Wars Episode III and Episode IV, outlining the "heist" to steal the plans to the Death Star. I've previously suggested Rogue One, the Han Solo anthology and the Boba Fett anthology could serve as a whole new trilogy separate from the Skywalker story, and having recurring characters is a great approach.
So there you have it folks! We're on the final countdown to discovering the identity of our new Han Solo, and it looks as though our favorite smuggler will be making his appearance sooner than we thought! But who would you like to see playing the role of Han Solo?
Rogue One is out next December, meaning we have one Star Wars movie every year until 2020... oh, it's a great time to be a geek.
Which actor from the shortlist would be best suited as Han Solo?