With Star Wars: The Force Awakens currently shredding box office records left and right, fan interest in this beloved franchise has never been higher. Production is still under way on the first spinoff Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, which hits theaters this December, with filming starting soon on Star Wars: Episode VIII, in theaters May 2017. After those two adventures arrive, Star Wars Anthology: Han Solo is set to debut in May 2018, which offers new insight into the iconic Han Solo character, set 10 years before Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope. Today, Variety reports that Disney and LucasFilm are close to finding the actor who will play the young Han Solo, with the short list narrowed down to approximately a dozen candidates.
These contenders who have made the cut include Miles Teller, Ansel Elgort, Dave Franco, Jack Reynor, Scott Eastwood, Logan Lerman, Emory Cohen and Blake Jenner. Last month, a report revealed that the studio had tested over 2,500 actors for the iconic role, with others such as Chandler Riggs, Rami Malek, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Nick Robinson, Leo Howard, Tony Oller, Landon Liboiron, Ed Westwick, Tom Felton, Joshua Sasse, Colton Haynes and Max Thieriot also trying out. This is the first we're hearing about Scott Eastwood, Emory Cohen and Blake Jenner trying out for the role, since they weren't mentioned in the December report.
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, but the site reports there is a good reason why they wanted to cast this iconic character so soon.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, which is set between Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith and Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope, still has over one month of shooting left, and there are rumors that this new Han Solo may have a cameo appearance in the first spinoff, before appearing in his own movie. That has not yet been confirmed, but whoever plays the new Han Solo would be "age-appropriate" for an appearance in this spinoff. Directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller are said to start testing this group of actors, with a final decision expected to be made in the next two weeks.
Disney and LucasFilm are now focusing on actors between the age of 20 and 25 for this coveted role. All of the aforementioned actors fit within this age range, except for 29-year-old Scott Eastwood. The studio previously tested actors between the ages of 17 and 34, but now it has narrowed the age range. Do you think any of these actors have what it takes to play a young Han Solo?