Back in January, an unconfirmed report claimed that LucasFilm was narrowing down its candidates to play the iconic Han Solo in Star Wars Anthology: Han Solo, which Phil Lord and Chris Miller are directing. That report claimed that a final decision could be made in a matter of weeks, since whoever is cast may have a cameo role in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, but that was never confirmed. Today we have word from The Hollywood Reporter that Disney and LucasFilm have narrowed the field down to a handful of finalists, including Alden Ehrenreich (Hail, Caesar!), Jack Reynor (Transformers: Age of Extinction) and Taron Egerton (Eddie the Eagle).
The report claims that those three actors tested for the role in London last week, and that they were plucked from a group of 10 finalists. Others who reportedly tested in London are Miles Teller, Ansel Elgort and Emory Cohen. They were part of the previous short list revealed back in January, along with Scott Eastwood, Logan Lerman and Blake Jenner. Disney and LucasFilm reportedly tested over 2,500 actors for the iconic Han Solo role, making it one of the largest casting calls ever.
This new report also claims that several of the young stars of Richard Linklater's upcoming comedy Everybody Wants Some have had meetings for the role. It isn't known if they actually tested, or if they're in contention. Variety reporter Justin Kroll also added that Jack O'Connell and Blake Jenner are still in contention, but it isn't clear if there is a front runner among these candidates.
The Star Wars Anthology: Han Solo spinoff will focus on how young Han Solo became the smuggler, thief, and scoundrel whom Luke Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi first encountered in the cantina at Mos Eisley. Phil Lord and Chris Miller (The Lego Movie) are directing from a script co-written by Lawrence Kasdan (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) and his son Jon Kasdan (In the Land of Women). Production isn't expected to begin until January 2017.
Disney and LucasFilm are now focusing on actors between the age of 20 and 25 for this coveted role. The studio previously tested actors between the ages of 17 and 34, but now it has narrowed the age range. Sources claim that there could still be other names on the studio's list, but it isn't known when a final decision is expected to be made. Do you think any of these actors has what it takes to play the young Han Solo?