Dave Franco, Tom Felton and Aaron Taylor Johnson are just a few of the actors who think they can play a young Han Solo in the spin-off. Don’t get cocky.
Man, I would not want to be Phil Lord and Chris Miller right now. Sure, they’re insanely successful writers with a string of solid movies under their belts. But all the Lego Movies and Jump Street sequels in the world couldn’t convince me to do what they’re about to do. The writing duo have been tasked with the elusive Han Solo Star Wars spin-off, and that means re-casting one of the most famous sci-fi characters of all time. Let’s face it, Han Solo is Harrison Ford, and vis versa. So how do you find he right actor for a role as pivotal and culturally significant as Han Solo? Simple, you audition every actor in Hollywood.
The Hollywood Reporter has been getting into the nitty gritty of the Han Solo project that’s working under the code name “Red Cup” (get it?). What they’ve uncovered is that an unprecedented number of actors have thrown their blaster into the ring for this gig. How unprecedented? 2,500, that’s how unprecedented. This could possibly be one of the biggest casting searches in movie history. And here’s the catch – they’re not even done yet! The auditions have either been in person or by tape, and have included the following hopefuls:
|Chandler Riggs (The Walking Dead)||Nick Robinson (Jurassic World)||Dave Franco|
|Max Thieriot (Bates Motel)||Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Age of Ultron)||Ansel Elgort (The Fault in Our Stars)|
|Miles Teller (Whiplash)||Jack Reynor (Transformers: Age of Extinction)||Logan Lerman (Fury)|
|Tony Oller (The Purge)||Leo Howard (Kickin’ It)||Tom Felton (Harry Potter)|
|Colton Haynes (Arrow)||Rami Malek (Mr. Robot)||Landon Liboiron (Hemlock Grove)|
Not a bad spread. Clearly Lord and Miller are following in the footsteps of their Star Wars predecessors and looking for English as well as American/Canadian talent. There’s also a lot of breakout stars here, not to mention a few TV hopefuls. Granted, there are a few names here that straight up do not fit the quota (sorry Miles Teller), but it gives us an idea of the scope. The age range is also interesting, as the film will follow the adventures of Han Solo as a young man. Since he was 35 in A New Hope, they’re looking at early twenties to early thirties, which is a good choice. Any older and we’d just have two 30-year old Han Solo’s.
An unresolved question on top of this is will they make extra efforts to make the actor they choose look like Ford? Joseph Gordon Levitt’s spell as a young Bruce Willis in Looper hasn’t really been replicated since. Could they bring it back for this project? Lord and Miller certainly aren’t resting on their laurels with this movie. After all, they don’t start shooting for a year and they’re already nearly 3,000 castings in! Who knows what other stops they’ll pull out to turn this Han Solo film into another success?
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