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The field of contenders to play young Han Solo is rapidly shrinking

03.15.2016

It's only fitting that on a day where Disney and Lucasfilm announce Harrison Ford and Steven Spielberg will be teaming up for a fifth Indiana Jones adventure the dam is about to burst on their big young Han Solo project.

The field of candidates has been slimmed down with only a handful of names remaining under consideration to take the role of the beloved smuggler popularized by the aforementioned Ford, this time as shown in his earlier years.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, several actors were called to London last week in order to test for the role, forming the foundation for a shortlist directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller are eyeing right now, but hardly the whole list. The names that have leaked from these secret sessions are Alden Ehrenreich, Jack Reynor and Taron Egerton. In checking with my sources, I have been told that both Miles Teller and Dave Franco remain in the running as well, as Disney, Lucasfilm, Lord and Miller all come together and try to nail the best choice for such a major decision.

After all, this isn't your typical process. This is finding someone who can follow in the shoes of Harrison Ford as Han Solo, which is not an easy task for anyone, given how reluctant fans are to change when it comes to certain characters and brands. You need to find someone who can embody the very spirit of Han Solo, but you also don't want to find someone who is going to step into Han Solo and try to do their best Harrison Ford impression. You need someone who is close but not too close. Good luck striking that balance.

There still may remain some options for Han Solo that remain under the shroud of mystery as this is a process that, as widespread as the search was, has been played extremely close to the vest to this point. But people are talking... talking 'bout people... and it's only a matter of time before word gets out about who the next Han Solo will be. We're certainly getting close.

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10:50PM on 03/17/2016
ROFL Miles Teller! Solo is not a Douche he is the ultimate cool, so that would be the worst casting in history.
But I really don't care as I will never see a young Solo movie. I loved the new Star Wars and will gladly go see the spin off movies, but never going to back a young Solo movie, all they are going to do is destroy a good thing.
ROFL Miles Teller! Solo is not a Douche he is the ultimate cool, so that would be the worst casting in history.
But I really don't care as I will never see a young Solo movie. I loved the new Star Wars and will gladly go see the spin off movies, but never going to back a young Solo movie, all they are going to do is destroy a good thing.
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11:43PM on 03/16/2016
Yeah, out of the remaining group I would say Taron would be my pick. Though I was hoping he would replace Hugh as the new Wolverine...
Yeah, out of the remaining group I would say Taron would be my pick. Though I was hoping he would replace Hugh as the new Wolverine...
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2:30AM on 03/16/2016
I guess I go with the majority here. Taron Edgerton looks handsome enough and has proven himself to have the charm and comedic timing to pull it off. Miles Teller, no. I always see him like the less edgier Shia LeBeouf. Also he has weird sleepy eyes. Dave Franco is an obvious choice if you want Han Solo to say "Yo wassup homes? The name's Han Solo, rhymes with YOLO. Byaaaatch...!" and smoke weed all day.
I guess I go with the majority here. Taron Edgerton looks handsome enough and has proven himself to have the charm and comedic timing to pull it off. Miles Teller, no. I always see him like the less edgier Shia LeBeouf. Also he has weird sleepy eyes. Dave Franco is an obvious choice if you want Han Solo to say "Yo wassup homes? The name's Han Solo, rhymes with YOLO. Byaaaatch...!" and smoke weed all day.
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8:18PM on 03/15/2016
Egerton has my vote. He has more than proven himself that he can translation easily into an iconic role like this with Kingsman, Eddie the Eagle, Legend, and Testament of Youth.

I just pray that Teller and/or Franco don't end up getting it.
Egerton has my vote. He has more than proven himself that he can translation easily into an iconic role like this with Kingsman, Eddie the Eagle, Legend, and Testament of Youth.

I just pray that Teller and/or Franco don't end up getting it.
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1:55AM on 03/16/2016
Hopefully FF killed Teller's chances.
Hopefully FF killed Teller's chances.
6:39PM on 03/15/2016

I like Taron

I think he can pull off that wry grin. Kingsman was a great training vehicle for him to play this role.

Or as Drama said, Hedlund would be an interesting choice as well.
I think he can pull off that wry grin. Kingsman was a great training vehicle for him to play this role.

Or as Drama said, Hedlund would be an interesting choice as well.
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6:27PM on 03/15/2016
Tarot is the obvious choice. I would like to see Garett Hedlund play Han. I know he is older now but to me he has the looks and build. His acting has gotten better over time too.
Tarot is the obvious choice. I would like to see Garett Hedlund play Han. I know he is older now but to me he has the looks and build. His acting has gotten better over time too.
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10:10AM on 03/16/2016
But isn't Garett Hedlund the same age that Harrison Ford was when he played Han Solo in Ep. 4? Not that Hedlund isn't a good choice, but he'd be better if they need to recast Han Solo for a story between Ep. 4 and Ep. 5. He'd be wrong for a story taking place in Han's younger years, prior to Ep. 4.
But isn't Garett Hedlund the same age that Harrison Ford was when he played Han Solo in Ep. 4? Not that Hedlund isn't a good choice, but he'd be better if they need to recast Han Solo for a story between Ep. 4 and Ep. 5. He'd be wrong for a story taking place in Han's younger years, prior to Ep. 4.
6:17PM on 03/15/2016
They should cast Daisy Ridley. She can do everything!
They should cast Daisy Ridley. She can do everything!
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2:32AM on 03/16/2016
She is the poor man's Keira Knightley.
She is the poor man's Keira Knightley.
5:21PM on 03/15/2016

Give it to Taron

He's proven with Kingsman, Legend, and Eddie the Eagle that he's capable of handling the action as well as being a complex character.
He's proven with Kingsman, Legend, and Eddie the Eagle that he's capable of handling the action as well as being a complex character.
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5:15PM on 03/15/2016

It's the obvious choice but Taron Egerton would be a lock

He can handle being a franchise lead (KINGSMAN) and he was pretty close to a Han Solo-type character in that role.
He can handle being a franchise lead (KINGSMAN) and he was pretty close to a Han Solo-type character in that role.
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5:03PM on 03/15/2016
I've read other sources that claim that Emory Cohen, Blake Jenner ,and Jack O'Connell are also both still in the mix. If that's the case, then this would be my personal ranking:

Taron > Alden > Emory > Jack O'Connell > Jack Reynor > Miles > Blake > Dave
I've read other sources that claim that Emory Cohen, Blake Jenner ,and Jack O'Connell are also both still in the mix. If that's the case, then this would be my personal ranking:

Taron > Alden > Emory > Jack O'Connell > Jack Reynor > Miles > Blake > Dave
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4:52PM on 03/15/2016
Why are they not even considering Anthony Ingruber? It's a no brainer!

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Why are they not even considering Anthony Ingruber? It's a no brainer!

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5:49PM on 03/15/2016
Probably because they want a good actor, not a skilled mimic.
Probably because they want a good actor, not a skilled mimic.
10:23PM on 03/15/2016
Hokey impressions and ancient YouTube channels are nothing like a good actor in your film.
Hokey impressions and ancient YouTube channels are nothing like a good actor in your film.
11:35PM on 03/15/2016
The kid was recently cast in another Harrison Ford film, as a younger version of him. The name of the picture escapes me at the moment.

But yeah, for me, he would be the only one that would be believable in the role, that wouldn't constantly remind me that it isn't Harrison Ford.
The kid was recently cast in another Harrison Ford film, as a younger version of him. The name of the picture escapes me at the moment.

But yeah, for me, he would be the only one that would be believable in the role, that wouldn't constantly remind me that it isn't Harrison Ford.
10:15AM on 03/16/2016
@ Moat Man, you're thinking of Age of Adaline. I"m guessing why Ingruber is not in the running is because he's not as well known as the other candidates. Aside from Teller and Franco (who I really hope are passed for this), the others are up-and-comers in Hollywood currently and have some good roles/parts under their belt. Ingruber played a young Harrison Ford in a movie that was not widely recognized (you couldn't even remember the name of the film off the top of your head), and hasn't been
@ Moat Man, you're thinking of Age of Adaline. I"m guessing why Ingruber is not in the running is because he's not as well known as the other candidates. Aside from Teller and Franco (who I really hope are passed for this), the others are up-and-comers in Hollywood currently and have some good roles/parts under their belt. Ingruber played a young Harrison Ford in a movie that was not widely recognized (you couldn't even remember the name of the film off the top of your head), and hasn't been cast in anything prominent since
4:47PM on 03/15/2016
No offense to MechaKacho but dear lord PLEASE not Dave Franco! Now if they want a horrible actor with a super annoying voice then yes, Franco is the guy. Just from those names I'd vote Taron Egerton. He was good in Kingsmen and Eddie The Eagle.
No offense to MechaKacho but dear lord PLEASE not Dave Franco! Now if they want a horrible actor with a super annoying voice then yes, Franco is the guy. Just from those names I'd vote Taron Egerton. He was good in Kingsmen and Eddie The Eagle.
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4:34PM on 03/15/2016

Call me crazy...

But I REALLY want Dave Franco to get the part... Miles Teller has ruined enough, he needs a break from hollywood. I don't even know who the other people are though, teen movies aren't my thing so I avoid them (I'm assuming they are kids from shit like hunger games and divergent, right?)
But I REALLY want Dave Franco to get the part... Miles Teller has ruined enough, he needs a break from hollywood. I don't even know who the other people are though, teen movies aren't my thing so I avoid them (I'm assuming they are kids from shit like hunger games and divergent, right?)
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4:29PM on 03/15/2016
Get Jai Courtney! ;-)
Get Jai Courtney! ;-)
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4:35PM on 03/15/2016
Fuck you. Jai Courtney has ruined every stupid movie he has ever been in. He is the same as Taylor Kitsch.
Fuck you. Jai Courtney has ruined every stupid movie he has ever been in. He is the same as Taylor Kitsch.
4:38PM on 03/15/2016
MechaKacho, I'm kidding. Clearly you didn't catch my sarcasm.
MechaKacho, I'm kidding. Clearly you didn't catch my sarcasm.
5:30PM on 03/15/2016
He might actually be tolerable in Suicide Squad if the trailers are any indication.
He might actually be tolerable in Suicide Squad if the trailers are any indication.
4:27PM on 03/15/2016

Ugh, you just *had* to say Teller and Franco were still in. Nevertheless...

Happy to see Taron Egerton at the front.
Happy to see Taron Egerton at the front.
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