We also know Chris Miller and Phil Lord will direct. What we don’t know however, is who will be playing the iconic role which Harrison Ford took and gave a life of its own in the original Star Wars film.
The film already has a release date of May 25, 2018, so work has to begin (or has begun) in earnest to find the right actor for the role. The film, is said, will focus on “how young Han Solo became the smuggler, thief and scoundrel whom Luke Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi first encountered in the cantina at Mos Eisley.” This means whoever is going to play the character probably has to be younger than Harrison Ford was (31 years) when he took on the role in 1977.
So who’s going to be playing Han Solo next? The Hollywood Reporter takes a look at some of the top contenders.
The 25-year-old Welshman charmed audiences with his performance in Matthew Vaughn‘s Kingsman: The Secret Service opposite Colin Firth. He proved he can handle the action genre, while also adding in plenty of comedy and swagger.
Hoult, 25, has had several notable roles in studio films, playing Hank McCoy in Fox’s X-Men franchise and starring in Warner Bros.’ hit Mad Max. He also charmed as a zombie looking for love in 2013’s Warm Bodies.
Teller, 28, works nearly nonstop, and in the last year alone starred in YA adaptation Divergent, Oscar-nominated drama Whiplash and comedy Two Night Stand. He’s able to mix bigger tentpole roles with meaty dramas: He’ll next be seen in this summer’s Fantastic Four and the gritty boxing drama Bleed for This.
Elgort had a breakout performance opposite Shailene Woodley in YA cancer romance The Fault in Our Stars. The 21-year-old actor, who also appears in the Divergent franchise, will next be seen in November Criminals opposite Chloe Moretz.
Hedlund may be 30, but he could likely play younger. He’s done sci-fi (Tron: Legacy) and played brooding, troubled characters (On the Road). He’ll next be seen in Warner Bros.’ Pan and Ang Lee’s Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk.
The Mud and Tree of Life star is only 18, but if Lucasfilm and Disney end up aiming for a Han that’s closer to his teen years, he’d be a great choice. After starring in films opposite Brad Pitt, Matthew McConaughey and John Travolta, the actor has two studio films coming up: Scouts vs. Zombies and X-Men: Apocalypse. He’ll also be seen in the Sundance film The Stanford Prison Experiment.
He may not be as well known as many actors on this list but Ingruber already has a connection to Ford. The 25-year-old actor played the younger version of Harrison Ford in The Age of Adaline, which also starred Blake Lively.
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