A Han Solo movie – telling the story of our roguish hero before he met Luke and Leia in A New Hope – is in the works, with a planned release date of May 25th, 2018. Movie industry magazine Variety reports that the movie’s directors (Phil Lord and Chris Miller, who made The Lego Movie) and Lucasfilm’s Kathleen Kennedy will soon be screen-testing a handful of actors to see who is best suited to the role of a young Han. (You can read the Variety article HERE). So who are the young men (all aged between 20-30 it seems) who will potentially be slapping on a waistcoat and blaster to pilot the Millennium Falcon? Here’s the list…
Kids will recognise him as Peter in the Divergent movies and, erm, as Reed Richards in last year’s flop Fantastic Four. Twenty-eight year old Teller won raves for his performances in Whiplash and The Spectacular Now.
Another Divergent star (he’s Caleb), Elgort became a teen pin-up thanks to his role in the weepie The Fault In Our Stars. He’s 21.
Brother of actor James, 30-year-old Dave has appeared in the 21 Jump Street movies, the comedy Bad Neighbours and the drama Now You See Me (both of which are getting sequels this year).
Clint Eastwood’s 29-year-old son made his movie debut in his father’s drama Flags Of Our Fathers, and has since appeared in the romantic drama The Longest Ride and the upcoming comic book movie Suicide Squad.
25-year-old Emory has been winning praise for his role as the Italian American who steals Saoirse Ronan’s heart in the drama Brooklyn, and he also appeared in the drama The Place Beyond The Pines and the TV series Smash.
Will the star of the Percy Jackson movies be picked for another fantasy franchise? It doesn’t look like there will be any more Percy movies so the 24-year-old actor stands a good chance.
Jenner starred as Ryder in Glee, and has followed it up with a role as Adam in the TV series Supergirl. The 23-year-old has also written a movie – Billy Boy – which he also stars in that’s due for release this year.
Personally, we think Chris Pratt or Joshua Jackson would have been perfect if the movie had been made a few years ago (at 36 and 37 respectively they’re both older than Harrison Ford was when he first played Han, aged 35). But if we had to choose from the younger names being mentioned in Variety, Jack Reynor, the star of the most recent Transformers movie, as well as a supporting cast member in A Royal Night Out and Macbeth, gets our vote.
Watch this space…