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Thousands auditioning for Han Solo, including Miles Teller and Dave Franco

12.02.2015

When you were younger and off playing Star Wars, chances are that there was at least one instance when you pretended that you were that scruffy looking nerf herder, Han Solo. With Chris Miller and Phil Lord's upcoming Star Wars Anthology film centering around a young Han Solo, many young actors are vying for the chance to play everyone's favourite scoundrel for real. Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy had previously said that Han Solo would "probably [be] in the high teens, low 20s” in the new film and THR's latest report seems to indicate that they are casting quite a large net in their search for the perfect Han Solo.

Audtions are getting underway and according to THR's sources, more than 2500 actors have either met for the project or put themselves on tape for the role of Han Solo. Among the actors who have auditioned are Miles Teller (WHIPLASH), Dave Franco (21 JUMP STREET), Aaron Taylor-Johnson (GODZILLA), Nick Robinson (JURASSIC WORLD), Logan Lerman (FURY), Ansel Elgort (THE FAULT IN OUR STARS), Jack Reynor (TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION), Tony Oller (THE PURGE), Tom Felton (HARRY POTTER), Chandler Riggs (The Walking Dead), Rami Malek (Mr. Robot), Hunter Parrish (Weeds), Max Thieriot (Bates Motel), Colton Haynes (Teen Wolf), Joshua Sasse (Galavant), Leo Howard (Kickin' It), Landon Liboiron (Hemlock Grove), Ed Westwick (Gossip Girl), and so many others. In short, they're seeing everyone they possibly can and it doesn't matter if you're a superstar or a complete unknown.

The casting department is on the lookout for someone who at least looks a bit like a young Harrison Ford, but can also be humorous and charming and have the physical capacity to handle the action scenes. With the as-yet-untitled Han Solo film not set to begin shooting until early 2017 for a May 25, 2018 release, they still have quite a lot of time to make their choice.

Who would you like to see as a young Han Solo?

Source: THR

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8:10PM on 12/03/2015
Awful choices. This list is a fucking jokes! Miles Teller, Tom Felton, Dave Franco, Aaron Taylor Johnson?? What the fuck? Talentless potato face Ansel Elgort? and Nick Robinson was awful in Jurassic World. He can't act! None of these people even look like Harrison Ford. Honestly this movie sounds like a disaster waiting to happen, we don't need this movie.
Awful choices. This list is a fucking jokes! Miles Teller, Tom Felton, Dave Franco, Aaron Taylor Johnson?? What the fuck? Talentless potato face Ansel Elgort? and Nick Robinson was awful in Jurassic World. He can't act! None of these people even look like Harrison Ford. Honestly this movie sounds like a disaster waiting to happen, we don't need this movie.
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4:07AM on 12/03/2015
here we go again with the prequels. i never asked for a kid vader or a sulky, lovesick teen vader. why do we keep going backwards with the stories?
here we go again with the prequels. i never asked for a kid vader or a sulky, lovesick teen vader. why do we keep going backwards with the stories?
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10:38PM on 12/02/2015

Not sure who to pick.

I'm with the majority in that it shouldn't go to Miles Teller.

I'm also not feeling Logan Lerman in the role. It seems he's been constantly touted and overhyped as the next big thing more so than any other actor in his age range, but his filmography doesn't demonstrate much range. While he has solid dramatic work Perks of Being a Wallflower and Fury, he's been bland in wannabe blockbuster hero roles like Percy Jackson and Fury. They say they're looking for someone who can be humorous and
I'm with the majority in that it shouldn't go to Miles Teller.

I'm also not feeling Logan Lerman in the role. It seems he's been constantly touted and overhyped as the next big thing more so than any other actor in his age range, but his filmography doesn't demonstrate much range. While he has solid dramatic work Perks of Being a Wallflower and Fury, he's been bland in wannabe blockbuster hero roles like Percy Jackson and Fury. They say they're looking for someone who can be humorous and nothing I've seen in Logan Lerman's work suggests that word applies to him.

I like Dave Franco, but he gives off this "I'm a huge pussy" vibe that is wrong for Han Solo.

I don't hate Aaron Taylor-Johnson as much as most other people does, but the prospect of him as Han Solo is not exciting at all.
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8:00PM on 12/02/2015
As a huge Star Wars fan, a young Han Solo film does nothing for me. I knew these types of quick cash grab movies would be coming as soon as Disney got the rights. At least the other films look good.
As a huge Star Wars fan, a young Han Solo film does nothing for me. I knew these types of quick cash grab movies would be coming as soon as Disney got the rights. At least the other films look good.
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7:36PM on 12/02/2015

You want an unknown? Here is your Unknown..

This is the guy. Give it to him. [link]
This is the guy. Give it to him. [link]
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9:35AM on 12/03/2015
Yep, Anthony Ingruber already played young version of Harrison in Age of Adaline and he looks perfect for the part. It would raise my interest for this cash grab project from zero to like 20%.
Yep, Anthony Ingruber already played young version of Harrison in Age of Adaline and he looks perfect for the part. It would raise my interest for this cash grab project from zero to like 20%.
7:16PM on 12/02/2015
i say, this is one role that i wouldn't be against if they cast a young black or maybe even asian actor....
i say, this is one role that i wouldn't be against if they cast a young black or maybe even asian actor....
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6:12PM on 12/02/2015
If anyone is to play a young Han Solo it should be jack o'connell
If anyone is to play a young Han Solo it should be jack o'connell
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6:11PM on 12/02/2015

This makes me kind of sad

Fuck u Disney... I will never see this piece of shit.
Fuck u Disney... I will never see this piece of shit.
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5:55PM on 12/02/2015

It should be either some unknown actor, or someone who has not had a big role yet.

Mile Teller? No. I like Miles, he is a really good actor but when I see him I see "Not my tempo".
Dave Franco? Hell no! Dave and James are big name actors and for one of them to be Han means all I see is stoner pot heads from a Seth Rogen film.
Aaron Taylor-Johnson. No fucking way.
Come on! Some of these are like-able ideas, Nick Robinson and Logan Lerman, but most of these have no Han Solo quality to them! I don't want an actor who will give their best impersonation of Harrison Ford
Mile Teller? No. I like Miles, he is a really good actor but when I see him I see "Not my tempo".
Dave Franco? Hell no! Dave and James are big name actors and for one of them to be Han means all I see is stoner pot heads from a Seth Rogen film.
Aaron Taylor-Johnson. No fucking way.
Come on! Some of these are like-able ideas, Nick Robinson and Logan Lerman, but most of these have no Han Solo quality to them! I don't want an actor who will give their best impersonation of Harrison Ford playing Han Solo. I want someone who walks, talks, sounds, looks, acts, and breaths Han Solo. Fuck, where's Heath Ledger when we need him?!?!?!?!
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6:16PM on 12/02/2015
He's there in the spirit of Jack o'connell
He's there in the spirit of Jack o'connell
5:10PM on 12/02/2015

Terrible idea

Harrison Ford should be the only actor to ever portray Han Solo and Indiana Jones.

I wish Disney would just concentrate on Episodes VII-IX and worry about the side stuff later.

If they insist on doing this, go with a virtual unknown. None of the people mentioned would bring anything to the role.
Harrison Ford should be the only actor to ever portray Han Solo and Indiana Jones.

I wish Disney would just concentrate on Episodes VII-IX and worry about the side stuff later.

If they insist on doing this, go with a virtual unknown. None of the people mentioned would bring anything to the role.
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3:16PM on 12/02/2015
Teller has my vote from this list (although we deserve a better list). Just please not the zero charisma presence of Taylor-Johnson get chosen.
Teller has my vote from this list (although we deserve a better list). Just please not the zero charisma presence of Taylor-Johnson get chosen.
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3:06PM on 12/02/2015

Is that the guy from Fantastic 4? Fuck him

I'm a little surprised I didn't see Garrett Hedlund. He'd be a dead ringer for Solo (coincidentally I've been pushing him as the next Indy too)
Regarding what the article said about the movie, however, I doubt I'm the only one who'd MUCH rather see a Han Solo movie where he's in his early 30's (leading up to where he meets Luke) instead of a teenager. We don't want to risk another Anakin Skywalker, do we?
I'm a little surprised I didn't see Garrett Hedlund. He'd be a dead ringer for Solo (coincidentally I've been pushing him as the next Indy too)
Regarding what the article said about the movie, however, I doubt I'm the only one who'd MUCH rather see a Han Solo movie where he's in his early 30's (leading up to where he meets Luke) instead of a teenager. We don't want to risk another Anakin Skywalker, do we?
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3:08PM on 12/02/2015
Still like to see Pratt as the next Indy
Still like to see Pratt as the next Indy
3:02PM on 12/02/2015

Noooooooo!

No matter how big a Star Wars fan I am I will never see a young Solo movie.

And seriously, Miles Teller! Han Solo is ultimate cool, Teller is ultimate douche.
No matter how big a Star Wars fan I am I will never see a young Solo movie.

And seriously, Miles Teller! Han Solo is ultimate cool, Teller is ultimate douche.
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6:09PM on 12/02/2015
Couldn't agree more.
Couldn't agree more.
3:02PM on 12/02/2015

Might be a little old, but....

Josh Hartnett should be on the studio's mind, I think.
Josh Hartnett should be on the studio's mind, I think.
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3:09PM on 12/02/2015
Too old and not interested in big budget films anymore
Too old and not interested in big budget films anymore
1:58PM on 12/02/2015

I know it's predictable, but...

I've got a bad feeling about this.

Who needs this film, honestly?
Other than Disney's Money Bin, that is
I've got a bad feeling about this.

Who needs this film, honestly?
Other than Disney's Money Bin, that is
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2:50PM on 12/02/2015
I'm surprised it took this long for someone to say that. I just don't see this working at all.
I'm surprised it took this long for someone to say that. I just don't see this working at all.
1:55PM on 12/02/2015
I can kind of see Miles Teller in the role. But fuck, that guy gets considered for everything. His indie/dramatic work is pretty decent. But his big budget stuff has been shit. And he typically has only played a variation on once character. So while he can pull being a smart ass, the character of Han Solo should be much more than that.

I kind of like the idea of Ansel Elgort for the role. In the few things I've seen him in, he's certainly got a good range for an actor, but he also
I can kind of see Miles Teller in the role. But fuck, that guy gets considered for everything. His indie/dramatic work is pretty decent. But his big budget stuff has been shit. And he typically has only played a variation on once character. So while he can pull being a smart ass, the character of Han Solo should be much more than that.

I kind of like the idea of Ansel Elgort for the role. In the few things I've seen him in, he's certainly got a good range for an actor, but he also brings a certain charm similar to Han Solo in episode 4. On top of that, he looks like a very young Han Solo.

People have also been mentioning Anthony Ingruber for the role. Googled him, he definitely looks the part. From the few scenes I watched on youtube, he could pull it off as well.

Logan Lerman could also be a good choice. But he seems to be tossed around for everything as well. I just doubt it would go to him. He's like a young Nathan Fillion, mentioned for every fanboy role, but never gets it.

And whoever thought of auditioning Chandler Riggs for the role should be fucking fired. That is the all time worst choice for this character. I'll admit he's somewhat growing on me on TWD, but he's far from the talent needed for this role.
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1:26PM on 12/02/2015
Miles Teller ? FUCK THIS GUY ! He already thinks he's God's greatest creation after the wheel !
Jack Reynor looks more like a young Chris Pratt... Is that a sign ?
The others, I really don't know but I can't picture most of them in the part.
Vits suggested Anthony Ingruber who played a young Ford in ADALINE, and I really think it's a great idea !
Miles Teller ? FUCK THIS GUY ! He already thinks he's God's greatest creation after the wheel !
Jack Reynor looks more like a young Chris Pratt... Is that a sign ?
The others, I really don't know but I can't picture most of them in the part.
Vits suggested Anthony Ingruber who played a young Ford in ADALINE, and I really think it's a great idea !
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1:18PM on 12/02/2015

Weird casting a young Han Solo

When he looks so young in A New Hope Anyway. He only looks a couple of years older than Luke despite the 9 year gap.
I really don't know. It really does need to be someone late teens to really seperate it, IMO, and I don't have enough knowledge of actors that age to suggest.
When he looks so young in A New Hope Anyway. He only looks a couple of years older than Luke despite the 9 year gap.
I really don't know. It really does need to be someone late teens to really seperate it, IMO, and I don't have enough knowledge of actors that age to suggest.
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12:15PM on 12/02/2015
Rami Malek
Lol, why not.
Rami Malek
Lol, why not.
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12:52PM on 12/02/2015
If it was him then would it REALLY be him or someone else?
If it was him then would it REALLY be him or someone else?
12:11PM on 12/02/2015

Dave Franco...

Really? I can actually kinda see it, but he would have to play it a lot more serious and smarter than he usually plays things. It would be nice to see him in this kind of role.

Miles Teller is washed out already. I'm sorry, Whiplash wasn't that amazing. It was good, but the best parts were all JK Simmons. Teller also really sucked in F4 so this is not his kind of film.
Really? I can actually kinda see it, but he would have to play it a lot more serious and smarter than he usually plays things. It would be nice to see him in this kind of role.

Miles Teller is washed out already. I'm sorry, Whiplash wasn't that amazing. It was good, but the best parts were all JK Simmons. Teller also really sucked in F4 so this is not his kind of film.
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2:40PM on 12/02/2015
Agreed. He's riding that Whiplash train a little too far.
Agreed. He's riding that Whiplash train a little too far.
12:05PM on 12/02/2015
Might as well throw our audition tapes in boys.
Might as well throw our audition tapes in boys.
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12:00PM on 12/02/2015
Why not just hire the actor who played his younger version in THE AGE OF ADALINE?
Why not just hire the actor who played his younger version in THE AGE OF ADALINE?
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12:02PM on 12/02/2015
was gonna say the same t hing Anthony Ingruber
was gonna say the same t hing Anthony Ingruber
12:20PM on 12/02/2015
I haven't seen the film but now, I googled him. Boy, he does look like a young Harrison Ford!
I haven't seen the film but now, I googled him. Boy, he does look like a young Harrison Ford!
12:23PM on 12/02/2015
youtube him as well, he sounds just like him
youtube him as well, he sounds just like him
12:50PM on 12/02/2015
Damn, he's got the facial expressions and voice down.
Damn, he's got the facial expressions and voice down.
1:03PM on 12/02/2015
Jesus, just watched him on YouTube. Kid is uncannily like a young Ford.
Jesus, just watched him on YouTube. Kid is uncannily like a young Ford.
1:15PM on 12/02/2015
Now THAT'S a great idea...
But my guess is that they want someone already (kind of) known (might it be through teen oriented TV shows) from the targeted public.
Now THAT'S a great idea...
But my guess is that they want someone already (kind of) known (might it be through teen oriented TV shows) from the targeted public.
1:35PM on 12/02/2015
"But my guess is that they want someone already (kind of) known (might it be through teen oriented TV shows) from the targeted public."

Just like John Boyega and Daisy Ridley right? lol
"But my guess is that they want someone already (kind of) known (might it be through teen oriented TV shows) from the targeted public."

Just like John Boyega and Daisy Ridley right? lol
4:27PM on 12/02/2015
Well...
Good point ConMan !
Well...
Good point ConMan !
11:45AM on 12/02/2015
I think this role should go to a relatively unknown. It's the kind of role that people are going to be pissed about anybody playing it besides Harrison Ford so I think it needs to someone who is not bringing a lot of baggage.
I think this role should go to a relatively unknown. It's the kind of role that people are going to be pissed about anybody playing it besides Harrison Ford so I think it needs to someone who is not bringing a lot of baggage.
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11:43AM on 12/02/2015

I've never seen Ansel Elgort in anything

so he could be awful, but for some reason the second this was announced and i looked around at all the "hot young actors" that guy stuck out. So I'm just picking him to be validated. Dave Franco would be horrendous. Easily the worst choice besides Mr. Robot who looks absolutely nothing like HF.
so he could be awful, but for some reason the second this was announced and i looked around at all the "hot young actors" that guy stuck out. So I'm just picking him to be validated. Dave Franco would be horrendous. Easily the worst choice besides Mr. Robot who looks absolutely nothing like HF.
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11:35AM on 12/02/2015
Colton Haynes would be nice.
Colton Haynes would be nice.
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1:50PM on 12/02/2015
Colton Haynes would be a fucking terrible choice. I do not want to see Han Solo as portrayed by a piece of cardboard.
Colton Haynes would be a fucking terrible choice. I do not want to see Han Solo as portrayed by a piece of cardboard.
11:32AM on 12/02/2015
And adding to my previous comment, I do think there are better options out there.
And adding to my previous comment, I do think there are better options out there.
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11:31AM on 12/02/2015
I swear if Miles Teller is even close to getting this role, I'll be super pissed.

But the only candidate I like from the list above is maybe Aaron Taylor Johnson.
I swear if Miles Teller is even close to getting this role, I'll be super pissed.

But the only candidate I like from the list above is maybe Aaron Taylor Johnson.
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12:16PM on 12/02/2015
ATJ is fine, but his voice is not upto task I believe...
ATJ is fine, but his voice is not upto task I believe...
1:08PM on 12/02/2015
I'd prepare myself to be a super-pissed if I were you. The FF4 debacle aside, kid is as hot a commodity that we have working today, and a great actor. I didn't waste my time watching FF4, but everything else I've seen him he was excellent. Dunno if he has Solo swagger hidden up his sleeve or not, but I guarantee he's on the short list of choices by the studio.
I'd prepare myself to be a super-pissed if I were you. The FF4 debacle aside, kid is as hot a commodity that we have working today, and a great actor. I didn't waste my time watching FF4, but everything else I've seen him he was excellent. Dunno if he has Solo swagger hidden up his sleeve or not, but I guarantee he's on the short list of choices by the studio.
3:06PM on 12/02/2015
I normally like and agree with a lot you have to say bro but ATJ - nah I don't think he carries the right charisma, I didn't like him in Godzilla or the AOU film (I know screen time was limited) but I think you need a more happy go lucky guy to play a young Han - I'd still like Anton Yelchkin to have a crack
I normally like and agree with a lot you have to say bro but ATJ - nah I don't think he carries the right charisma, I didn't like him in Godzilla or the AOU film (I know screen time was limited) but I think you need a more happy go lucky guy to play a young Han - I'd still like Anton Yelchkin to have a crack
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