Who Will Be Cast as The Young Han Solo For the Upcoming Film?

Who Will Be Cast as The Young Han Solo For the Upcoming Film?

With Harrison Ford having made his last appearance as the smuggler extraordinaire in Star Wars, the question becomes who will play Han Solo in the upcoming prequel spinoff movie.

The film is not set to begin filming for another year, but Disney and Lucasfilm are already casting out the nets to find the young actor to take on the role of Han Solo in the as-yet unnamed spinoff movie focused on the rogue smuggler.

According to Variety, actors Miles Teller, Ansel Elgort, Dave Franco, Jack Reynor, Scott Eastwood, Logan Lerman, Emory Cohen and Blake Jenner have made the final cut. While a few details have yet to be worked out, word is that film producer Kathleen Kennedy and directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller want to start testing with the new group as soon as possible.

Why the rush, given that filming isn't scheduled to begin until next January? Apparently, the young Han Solo could be making an appearance in another Star Wars spinoff currently being shot, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. That film is supposedly set between Episode III: Revenge of the Sith and Episode IV: A New Hope and is scheduled to be released in December of this year. Disney apparently wants actors between the ages on 20-25, although Eastwood is 29.

The Han Solo film isn't schedule for release until May of 2018.

Source: Variety

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Funny enough out of that list I only really find myself fine with Scott Eastwood. I had joked with a friend about him being a better kylo ren given he looked a whole hell of a lot more like Harrison Ford than Adam Driver did.

I don't know how to feel about this. On one hand, Han is by far my favorite character in Star Wars, hell, I'd go so far as to say one of my favorites of all time. On the other hand this obviously won't be with Harrison Ford, and after several decades he's really the only person I can envision playing the man.

Technically wouldn't the guy who played Young Indiana Jones from the tv show of the same name been the ideal canditate? Yes I know that won't be the case as he has gotten older in the present now.

Ansel Elgort? Miles Teller? Those guys look waaaaaaaay too innocent to be Han Solo. Last I heard, they were looking at Chris Pratt, and that was pretty much perfect, IMO.

Otherwise, looking at that lineup, I would have to go for Scott Eastwood, because at least he somewhat looks the part.

DeepReaver:
Funny enough out of that list I only really find myself fine with Scott Eastwood. I had joked with a friend about him being a better kylo ren given he looked a whole hell of a lot more like Harrison Ford than Adam Driver did.

Yeah, that was the one on the list that would be great.

Just as long as it isn't Shia LeBouf I think we're ok. Did I spell his name right? Don't care.

Scarim Coral:
Technically wouldn't the guy who played Young Indiana Jones from the tv show of the same name been the ideal canditate? Yes I know that won't be the case as he has gotten older in the present now.

Do you mean that one who's 50 or the one that played him as a child?

Naldan:

Scarim Coral:
Technically wouldn't the guy who played Young Indiana Jones from the tv show of the same name been the ideal canditate? Yes I know that won't be the case as he has gotten older in the present now.

Do you mean that one who's 50 or the one that played him as a child?

The 50's one I guess, I used to watch bits of "The Adventure of Young Indiana Jones" when I was too ill to go to school.

Must be a tough job for the casting director. I can't imagine anyone else in the role besides Harrison Ford. Hopefully they pick the right man for the job.

Lightknight:
Just as long as it isn't Shia LeBouf I think we're ok. Did I spell his name right? Don't care.

He wasn't bad in Fury.

Sure, he got his job because of nepotism but so did most of the rest of Hollywood, I find it hard to stay mad at him specifically. He got thrown in at the deep end and took a long time to learn.

Scarim Coral:
Technically wouldn't the guy who played Young Indiana Jones from the tv show of the same name been the ideal canditate? Yes I know that won't be the case as he has gotten older in the present now.

Behold, the young Indian Jones!

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Oh, he's 50 now.
Nooooo! Right in the childhood!

This is one of those films that offends some deep existential part of my brain. Giving Han Solo an origin story is like giving Boba Fett an origin story (oh, wait), these characters do not have origin stories, they walk into frame and we instantly know all we need to know about them. Badass, cool space ship, no further explanation.

Pinky's Brain:

Lightknight:
Just as long as it isn't Shia LeBouf I think we're ok. Did I spell his name right? Don't care.

He wasn't bad in Fury.

Sure, he got his job because of nepotism but so did most of the rest of Hollywood, I find it hard to stay mad at him specifically. He got thrown in at the deep end and took a long time to learn.

The problem is he always plays the same character in the same way and I find that particular rendition annoying. I did like him in Holes. If he can start portraying a new character then that would be cool.

in another Star Wars spinoff currently being shot, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

It's good to know the person responsible for the title "Attack of the Clones" can still find work...

I enjoyed the new movie, but these "side-projects" are beginning to sound an awful lot like the basest form of nostalgia-mining. I guess we'll see.

I may be old and out of touch, but I know none of these people, though maybe Franco is related to James. Anyways, the obvious choice is to hire a carpenter building sets.

Callate:

in another Star Wars spinoff currently being shot, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

It's good to know the person responsible for the title "Attack of the Clones" can still find work...

I enjoyed the new movie, but these "side-projects" are beginning to sound an awful lot like the basest form of nostalgia-mining. I guess we'll see.

They have both gone in a different direction than what Lucas advised for the story following Endor and eliminated the Expanded Universe as a good source for plots, so they've kind of backed themselves into a corner as far as options for films entirely separate from this new main trilogy. I was kind of hoping the guy who wanted to do Seven Samurai as Star Wars would get the green light for that. I think we're in store for a bunch of spectacle driven side projects putting the players of 7-9 into place though, rather than coherent stories of their own.

Disney is really going to pound the franchise into the dirt aren't they?

Nurb:
Disney is really going to pound the franchise into the dirt aren't they?

Oh yeah.

But please, dear god no James Franco! No!

SecondPrize:
I may be old and out of touch, but I know none of these people, though maybe Franco is related to James. Anyways, the obvious choice is to hire a carpenter building sets.

I know that's the story we have and I have nothing on hand to back this up, but I can pretty much guarantee you that Harrison Ford was also at the time an aspiring and well trained actor who was simply finding a better living as a carpenter. This just goes to show you how tough a market the acting industry is. Here you ave 8 guys most people who've never heard of, despite probably having acting resumes that would make thousands of other white/male aspiring & working actors envious, but only one is going to book the role and likely become a household name while the others remain in relative obscurity.

There's really no such thing as the actor that gets spotted/discovered out of nowhere.

You know there's something wrong with a list when Dave Franco and the pedo guy from Transformers 4 both make it into the top three. Personally I'm Scott Eastwood inclined. I've never seen him act but I have seen the rest of them and honestly, none of them scored many points in their favour. Dave Franco's an all right actor I guess but he always seems to get landed with a certain type of character so if he does seem ideal for young Han to the casting agent, then I can only draw the conclusion young Han will be a twat.

If we learned anything from Spielberg, it should be to use the same casting as Indie's Son, Shia Labeouf. ;)

I'm just glad that the 20 or so year gap between Ep 3 and A New Hope is going to be filled in. This is going to be the strength of the new trilogy. The new Dark lord in training, Kylo Ren, is already a grown man. We'll see his reign of terror as he steps into some really big shoes, something we never really saw with Vader, unless you count the current line of comic books, which lets face it, I'd much rather to see that character growth on screen. So while Disney may drive the series into the ground it will be nice to have a fully fleshed out universe, on screen, in HD. One day some enterprising network will run the full Star Wars experience from Ep 1 to Ep IX with every filler movie in between, totalling 12 films or better and it will be epic.

Man, I do not envy anyone on this. I would hate to be in charge of casting. I would hate to be cast as such an iconic character.

The problem is that Harrison Ford IS Han Solo. It's the character that basically made him a household name, along with Indiana Jones. The two are basically inseparable. People think Harrison Ford, they likely think Han Solo. People think Han Solo, they definitely think Harrison Ford.

To give you guys an idea of how big of a hurtle this one job is, my mom named me after her favorite actor at the time I was born. I was almost Harrison.

SecondPrize:
I may be old and out of touch, but I know none of these people, though maybe Franco is related to James. Anyways, the obvious choice is to hire a carpenter building sets.

Callate:

in another Star Wars spinoff currently being shot, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

It's good to know the person responsible for the title "Attack of the Clones" can still find work...

I enjoyed the new movie, but these "side-projects" are beginning to sound an awful lot like the basest form of nostalgia-mining. I guess we'll see.

They have both gone in a different direction than what Lucas advised for the story following Endor and eliminated the Expanded Universe as a good source for plots, so they've kind of backed themselves into a corner as far as options for films entirely separate from this new main trilogy. I was kind of hoping the guy who wanted to do Seven Samurai as Star Wars would get the green light for that. I think we're in store for a bunch of spectacle driven side projects putting the players of 7-9 into place though, rather than coherent stories of their own.

The planned movies so far are Rogue One, Unnamed Han Solo Movie, and possibly Boba Fett or 7 Jedi (the 7 samurai episode has already been done in the Clone Wars series, and to me felt like too much like "lets make a homage"-filler. Also followed by a godzilla filler episode). Anyway, none of them seem connected to the new trilogy, and should be placed inbetween Ep III and IV. This is probably to not interfere with the development of the new trilogy, and let it instead evolve on it's own.

Also, with the mercy kill of the EU, they are free to create original stories that fit within a cohesive narrative and that also works in the film format. Instead of trying to adapt existing content from different formats such as comics and books, which would prove difficult without creating more plot-holes or adhering to different grades of canon.
LucasFilm is however still free to use plot points or story concepts from the EU as inspiration to make a compelling story that fits with their current plans. For instance the cancelled 1313 game's concept of actually being a Boba Fett origin story, has been brought up as inspiration for the rumoured third stand alone movie.

Here's a clip of Scott Eastwood acting.

Here's a trailer for a movie with Scott Eastwood in an action movie (the last bit has him conveniently looking like Solo)

If only we had another roguish space-smuggler with devilish good-looks, snappy dialogue, and a pretty face.

Oh wait.

EHKOS:
If only we had another roguish space-smuggler with devilish good-looks, snappy dialogue, and a pretty face.

Oh wait.

Again, too old. plus the typecasting would be strong with this one. Look, I know you guys would love, LOVE to see Firefly return, even if it's a mutated form hijacking another scifi franchise, but this is a bit ridiculous.

Remus:

EHKOS:
If only we had another roguish space-smuggler with devilish good-looks, snappy dialogue, and a pretty face.

Oh wait.

Again, too old. plus the typecasting would be strong with this one. Look, I know you guys would love, LOVE to see Firefly return, even if it's a mutated form hijacking another scifi franchise, but this is a bit ridiculous.

No, just let us have this! A little make-up, a little CGI, it's all good...please.

EHKOS:

Remus:

EHKOS:
If only we had another roguish space-smuggler with devilish good-looks, snappy dialogue, and a pretty face.

Oh wait.

Again, too old. plus the typecasting would be strong with this one. Look, I know you guys would love, LOVE to see Firefly return, even if it's a mutated form hijacking another scifi franchise, but this is a bit ridiculous.

No, just let us have this! A little make-up, a little CGI, it's all good...please.

Going to go with EHKOS here... just let us have this one...

Also, due to the time dilation (the closer you get to light speed relative to a static observer the less time you experience in relation to the time experienced by the observer) that would have been involved in the Kessel run, Han Solo would have traveled for something like 40 years of universe time while only experiencing less than a day of his own personal time. So he doesn't actually have to be young to have a scene 40 years prior where he's roughly the same age depending on how old he was when he made that run (and whether or not he made the run a second time to return home or if it was a one-way trip or multiple times since he was an experienced pilot). Heck, if his back story includes a few more kessel runs then he could potentially have a back story spanning centuries. After you make the first run there's no reason not to make more since everyone you ever cared about would have been 40 years older at best and you'd be on the other side, unable to see them. If you go back then they would have aged 80 years and you'd only have aged a couple months depending on how much time you spent not going the speed of light and visiting the other destination.

Science is fun!

http://www.wired.com/2013/02/kessel-run-12-parsecs/

I guess if I was in their universe I would make some investments and then gather up all friends and family and make these kinds of runs repeatedly until the investments had accumulated. A one week trip could have me returning to investments that had gained interest over a century or more.

Laggyteabag:
Ansel Elgort? Miles Teller? Those guys look waaaaaaaay too innocent to be Han Solo. Last I heard, they were looking at Chris Pratt, and that was pretty much perfect, IMO.

I like Pratt, but if they are looking for guys between 20-25 Pratt is way too old (he's 36).

Now granted, Hollywood can use make-up to pretty convincingly change people's ages, but that might be pushing it a little.

Ihateregistering1:

Laggyteabag:
Ansel Elgort? Miles Teller? Those guys look waaaaaaaay too innocent to be Han Solo. Last I heard, they were looking at Chris Pratt, and that was pretty much perfect, IMO.

I like Pratt, but if they are looking for guys between 20-25 Pratt is way too old (he's 36).

Now granted, Hollywood can use make-up to pretty convincingly change people's ages, but that might be pushing it a little.

Unless they establish that he was VERY young when he did the kessel run then it doesn't make sense to make him that young since the kessel run would have been a 40 year venture in which he aged less than a day (to sum my post immediately above yours). I am interested to see if they are savvy enough to understand time dilation to include it in the story timeline because there needs to be at least a 40 year gap where he's out of action somewhere. 80 years if he then returned home. More if he ever made more trips.

Lightknight:

Ihateregistering1:

Laggyteabag:
Ansel Elgort? Miles Teller? Those guys look waaaaaaaay too innocent to be Han Solo. Last I heard, they were looking at Chris Pratt, and that was pretty much perfect, IMO.

I like Pratt, but if they are looking for guys between 20-25 Pratt is way too old (he's 36).

Now granted, Hollywood can use make-up to pretty convincingly change people's ages, but that might be pushing it a little.

Unless they establish that he was VERY young when he did the kessel run then it doesn't make sense to make him that young since the kessel run would have been a 40 year venture in which he aged less than a day (to sum my post immediately above yours). I am interested to see if they are savvy enough to understand time dilation to include it in the story timeline because there needs to be at least a 40 year gap where he's out of action somewhere. 80 years if he then returned home. More if he ever made more trips.

I think you're giving Star Wars way too much credit for having actual science involved. This is a series about Magical Space Wizards wielding swords of light doing battle in a galaxy with quadrillions of intelligent life forms occupying 1000s of planets composed of 1000s of different species...who all speak English.

Ihateregistering1:

Lightknight:

Ihateregistering1:

I like Pratt, but if they are looking for guys between 20-25 Pratt is way too old (he's 36).

Now granted, Hollywood can use make-up to pretty convincingly change people's ages, but that might be pushing it a little.

Unless they establish that he was VERY young when he did the kessel run then it doesn't make sense to make him that young since the kessel run would have been a 40 year venture in which he aged less than a day (to sum my post immediately above yours). I am interested to see if they are savvy enough to understand time dilation to include it in the story timeline because there needs to be at least a 40 year gap where he's out of action somewhere. 80 years if he then returned home. More if he ever made more trips.

I think you're giving Star Wars way too much credit for having actual science involved. This is a series about Magical Space Wizards wielding swords of light doing battle in a galaxy with quadrillions of intelligent life forms occupying 1000s of planets composed of 1000s of different species...who all speak English.

Nah, just like Star Trek they have a whole underlying construct of canon lore and such. So they do try to keep some science in their fye.

Shia LaBeouf would be a good candidate.

This will be tough. As I was watching TFA, my only thought when Harrison Ford was on screen was that he basically is Han Solo. There won't be anyone who can take his place, because when you think of Han, you think of Ford. He seemed so comfortable playing Han, that it was like he didn't even need to act, he just was.

Ihateregistering1:

Lightknight:

Ihateregistering1:

I like Pratt, but if they are looking for guys between 20-25 Pratt is way too old (he's 36).

Now granted, Hollywood can use make-up to pretty convincingly change people's ages, but that might be pushing it a little.

Unless they establish that he was VERY young when he did the kessel run then it doesn't make sense to make him that young since the kessel run would have been a 40 year venture in which he aged less than a day (to sum my post immediately above yours). I am interested to see if they are savvy enough to understand time dilation to include it in the story timeline because there needs to be at least a 40 year gap where he's out of action somewhere. 80 years if he then returned home. More if he ever made more trips.

I think you're giving Star Wars way too much credit for having actual science involved. This is a series about Magical Space Wizards wielding swords of light doing battle in a galaxy with quadrillions of intelligent life forms occupying 1000s of planets composed of 1000s of different species...who all speak English.

Wayyy too much credit, especially since hyperspace travel sped up considerably between IV, V, VI, and episode VII. That and apparently the First Order took the time to properly socialize their child soldiers so they could function like normal people. Not quite sure WHY, but they did.

This movie doesnt need to be made, who cares about young Han Solo - we like adult Solo. Thing is we all like Darth Vader and what happened when they showed us the young version? Whiny, emo idiot we didnt like. Why ruin another character just for a cash in movie? It could be good with the right script, actors and director but surely there are better stories to tell int he star wars universe.

 

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