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Are we close to getting a new Han Solo actor?

December 2nd, 2015 by Matt Gault Comments


It’s a part every young actor would pretty much die for. Disney are accelerating their search for the perfect actor to replace Harrison Ford as Han Solo in Star Wars. The veteran actor, also known for playing Indiana Jones, is set to reprise his role as the captain of the Millennium Falcon in The Force Awakens this December, but Disney are deep into the planning process for a post-Ford life.

The Hollywood Reporter via Squareeyed are reporting that up to 2,500 actors have already read and auditioned for the part, with frontrunners including Miles Teller (Whiplash, Fantastic Four), Dave Franco and Aaron Taylor-Johnson.

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OK, sorry, but are they mental? While all good actors in their own ways, none of them are Solo material… Anthony Ingruber is the only man for the job (see below)

Here’s what THR had to say about the race to become Han: “It’s a hunt that would make Jabba the Hutt proud.

“Disney and Lucasfilm are scouring the galaxy in what some are calling the widest casting search ever for the actor who will play a young Han Solo in the planned Star Wars spinoff movie.

“According to sources, more than 2,500 actors have met on the project or put themselves on tape, with casting director Jeanne McCarthy running point on finding the man to fill the vest made famous by Harrison Ford in the first Star Wars trilogy and The Force Awakens, which opens Dec. 18.

“The contenders are being whittled down before Star Wars spinoff directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller, who worked with McCarthy on the hit Jump Street films, hone in on their Han. The movie isn’t due to shoot until January 2017 for a May 25, 2018, release, so they have plenty of time to make a choice.

“This has been the easiest movie to audition for,” says an agent with a client who has auditioned. “They are seeing everyone.”

The strategy is a 180 degree turn from the plan producers took to find the young stars of The Force Awakens, the upcoming movie that relaunches the Star Wars franchise under the direction of Disney and Lucasfilm chief Kathleen Kennedy. Director J.J. Abrams took great pains to find relative unknowns to play the leads. Daisy Ridley, the movie’s female star, had only a handful of television appearances to her credit when she was chosen. Co-star John Boyega only boasted a bit more experience, having appeared in British sci-fi comedy Attack the Block and other small projects.

The top-secret Solo project, with a script by Lawrence and Jon Kasdan, is slyly working under the code name “Red Cup,” a reference to the college party staple manufactured by, yep, the Solo Cup Corp. But with every agency sending clients between the ages of 18 and 32 in to read for the part, names are beginning to surface.

Actors who have read in person or auditioned via videotape range from the well-known (Dave Franco, 30, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, 25, and Miles Teller, 28) to the sort-of-known (Jurassic World’s Nick Robinson, 20) to relative unknowns (Kickin’ It’s Leo Howard, 18, and The Purge’s Tony Oller, 24) and also vary significantly in age. Though sources say the “sweet spot” seems to be the mid-20s, the ages of the contenders span from Chandler Riggs, the 16-year-old star of The Walking Dead, to Hunter Parrish, 28, and Mr. Robot star Rami Malek, 34.

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Matt Gault is a sports writer and film fanatic. He is a fully-qualified journalist and has worked for BBCNI, Sunday Life and has been published on The Guardian's website. He interns at REDNI, sub-editing for the Belfast Telegraph. He studied at Queen's University pretending to like history and literature and then University of Ulster Coleraine, where he slacked off enormously for a year and somehow got away with it. He also enjoys Captain Morgans, The Sopranos, Led Zeppelin and Hunter S. Thompson which makes him a remarkably uninteresting person.