Disney and Lucasfilm Narrow Actor Shortlist for Han Solo ‘Star Wars’ Film

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A few months ago, we learned that Disney and Lucasfilm were undergoing an extensive search to cast young Han Solo in the 2018 Star Wars spin-off. The studios considered thousands of actors for the coveted role. While the film doesn’t shoot for another year, it looks like we’re getting closer to finding out who will fill the role made famous by Harrison Ford.

According to Variety, Disney and Lucasfilm have narrowed the shortlist of actors down to about a dozen names. Among the actors mentioned are Miles Teller, Ansel Elgort, Dave Franco, Jack Reynor, Scott Eastwood, Logan Lerman, Emory Cohen and Blake Jenner. Directors Chris Miller and Phil Lord and producer Kathleen Kennedy will begin testing these actors soon, with a decision expected to be made in the next couple weeks or so.

The untitled Han Solo movie doesn’t begin production until January 2017, so why is the role being cast now? Apparently, the character may make a “small cameo” in this year’s installment, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Both spin-off films take place before the events of A New Hope, making a cameo from the new Solo plausible. Rogue One is also shooting for another month, so theoretically, Disney/Lucasfilm could cast the character now and have him make his debut in this movie. Variety compares this approach to Marvel casting Tom Holland as Spider-Man for a Captain America: Civil War appearance before headlining his own movie in 2017.

So, expect the new Han Solo to be cast very soon. Who do you think should play the iconic character.

The untitled Han Solo prequel is set to hit theaters on May 25th, 2018.

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