Borys Kit of The Hollywood Reporter hints at a shortlist of actors to play Han Solo as a young man in a spinoff series from Disney and Lucasfilm, set to debut in 2018. In what Kit refers to as “one of the widest casting calls ever,” over 2500 actors have submitted tapes or met with casting directors, including some of today’s hottest talents.
Star Wars proceedings are kept notoriously hush-hush; however, rumors claim the list includes Emory Cohen (Brooklyn), Ansel Elgort (The Fault in Our Stars), Miles Teller (Whiplash), Taron Egerton (Eddie the Eagle), Jack Reynor (Transformers: Age of Extinction), and Alden Ehrenreich (Hail, Caesar!).
As far as speculation goes, all of these actors has the talent and experience to interpret the iconic role of Han Solo in a fresh and unique way. Honestly, no one can top Harrison Ford's iconic portrayal of the smuggler-turned-hero. The character wears a thick armor of supreme confidence and machismo, but he also has a protective and vulnerable side.
Join us in weighing out the potential Han Solo actors below...
Cohen was wonderful as the Italian plumber Tony opposite Saoirse Ronan’s independent young woman in Brooklyn - sweet and romantic, he let Eilis go her own way and was honest about who he was and what he wanted. He’s got six projects due in 2016 alone so his star power is definitely on the rise.
Elgort and Teller are both part of the Divergent series, so they have action skills as well as dramatic chops.
Teller blazed through 2014’s Whiplash as a talented drummer enduring the rigors of J.K. Simmons’s brutal instructor, but he also showed his inner nerfherder as Daniel in That Awkward Moment, released that same year.
I can’t wait to see John Carney’s Sing Street, in which Jack Reynor plays the slacker older brother, Brendan, who also serves as rock mentor to Ferdia Walsh-Peelo’s burgeoning singer Conor. Reynor has the confidence and swagger as seen in Transformers, and he can definitely play scruffy-looking, making him perfect for Han Solo.
Alden Ehrenreich was fantastic as Hobie Doyle, a western star á la Roy Rogers, in February’s Hail, Caesar!, especially in his scenes with the meticulous director Laurence Laurentz, played by Ralph Fiennes. Their scene where Doyle struggles with line “Would that it were so simple?” in his molasses-slow drawl is both painfully awkward and hysterical in his earnestness. He also had a small but memorably tragic role as the estranged stepson of Cate Blanchett’s titular character in 2013’s Blue Jasmine.
Finally, there’s Taron Egerton, who has my vote. He was heartbreaking in last summer’s lovely Testament of Youth as Alicia Vikander’s brother fighting in World War II, but he was also hysterical in the surprise hit Kingsman: The Secret Service as tough-guy Eggsy who is recruited and trained as a spy. Cocky, streetwise, and devilishly charming, Egerton’s performance makes him stand out among this group as the best possibility for a young Han Solo. He’ll reprise his role as Eggsy in the Kingsman sequel in 2017, as well as playing Robin Hood in an origin story that same year. He’s playing action leads and bringing a roguish humor to his roles, but he balances them with dramatic parts.
Who gets your vote?