Disney and Lucasfilm are in a bit of hurry in finding their young Han Solo for the upcoming untitled “Star Wars” spinoff that will likely focus on the character of the beloved Star Wars icon.
After execs hacked down possible Solo candidates to a dozen potential choices, the list was shorten to include actors Miles Teller, Ansel Elgort, Dave Franco, Jack Reynor, Scott Eastwood (son of Clint Eastwood), Logan Lerman, “Brooklyn” star Emory Cohen and “Everybody Wants Some” actor Blake Jenner among the names making the cut. Another hopeful is 25-year old Anthony Ingruber who was also cast as a younger Ford in last year’s ‘Age of Adaline’. Test deals are still being worked out according to Variety.com, “But producer Kathleen Kennedy and directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller will begin testing the new group with a decision expected in the next couple of weeks”.
The original Hans Solo played by veteran actor Harrison Ford, is somewhere in between “unbelievably charming” and “ridiculously punchable.” Though Harrison Ford was already in his 30s when he was cast for the role, this seemed to went unnoticed because of the sheer charisma and lovable meanness that he brought to the character of Hans Solo. This might prove as a bit of a challenge for whoever will fill the role of the younger Hans. As Rich McCormick from the Verge explains, “A young Han with the chiseled jaw of the all-American quarterback, too pristine and too preppy, could too easily turn that snark into smug, too easily make Han’s common complaint — “it’s not my fault!” — into the whine of a privileged space adventurer used to getting his own way, not the refrain of a rogue who barely makes it out by the skin of his teeth.” With the exception of Eastwood, who’s 29, Disney and Lucasfilm seem to be zeroing in on actors between the ages of 20 to 25. The studios tested actors as young as 17 to as old as 34.
Notwithstanding, Disney execs have to decide fast because reportedly, they need to have their Hans ready as he is set to make an appearance in a first Star Wars spin off, Rogue One. Unless Disney is careful in its selection, they might end up leaving a bad taste in the mouth of entire generation of disgruntled Star Wars fans.
This untitled spinoff is set to be on the big screens on May 25, 2018.