Dave Franco, Miles Teller and Scott Eastwood are just a few of the names that Disney and Lucasfilm are considering as the new Han Solo for the second spinoff anthology film. According to Variety, the two companies have narrowed down their list of potential actors into an official shortlist.
Other actors include Ansel Elgort (The Fault in Our Stars), Jack Reynor (Transformers: Age of Extinction), Logan Lerman (The Perks of Being a Wallflower), Emory Cohen (Brooklyn) and Blake Jenner (Everybody Wants Some). Franco is most commonly known for his work in comedies like Neighbors, while Teller rose to fame last year with various nominations for his work in Whiplash. Eastwood, the oldest of all the candidates at 29, worked as a model before moving into the world of acting in 2009.
The rest of the actors all fit within Disney's preferred 20-25 age range. At the time of A New Hope's release in 1977, Ford was 35 years old. Considering this takes place before that film, however, it makes perfect sense Disney would want to go with a younger actor for the part.
If Disney and Lucasfilm decide to go with any of these actors, it will be polar opposite of J.J. Abrams' decision to hire mostly unknown actors for The Force Awakens, including the film's stars Daisy Ridley and John Boyega.
Not much is known about the Han Solo spinoff film (like the name of said movie) other than it will focus on the young smuggler before he met up with Luke Skywalker in A New Hope. The movie is being helmed by Christopher Miller and Phil Lord, who are most notable for their work on The Lego Movie and 21 Jump Street.
The movie won't start production for quite some time, but according to Variety, the studios want to start testing the crop of actors as soon as possible.
The movie is slated to be released on May 25, 2018.