The Shortlist of Actors to Play Young Han Solo Just Got Shorter

Tuesday, 15 March 2016 - 3:24PM
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Tuesday, 15 March 2016 - 3:24PM
The Shortlist of Actors to Play Young Han Solo Just Got Shorter
It might be one of the hardest casting decisions in Disney's long, long history, but it looks as though the House of Mouse is nearing a decision over who should play a young Han Solo in their upcoming Star Wars spin-off movie.

According to a new report, LucasFilm held screen tests for the role in London last week with a handful of actors in attendance. Sources told THR that, while the high level of secrecy might mean more names are involved, four actors were certainly present for the top-secret testing session. Emory Cohen (Brooklyn), Taron Egerton (Eddie the Eagle and Kingsman: Secret Service), Jack Reynor (Macbeth, Transformers: Age of Extinction), and Alden Ehrenreich (Hail Caesar, Beautiful Creatures) were the names reported to be in attendance. 

Earlier this year around 10-12 names were touted as being on Disney's shortlist, including all of those mentioned above as well as more recognizable names like Miles Teller, Dave Franco and Scott Eastwood. The lack of such household names in this latest report might mean that Disney is leaning towards the up-and-comer route, although Taron Egerton may be crossing that border after his star-making role in Kingsman.

As talented as the likes of Miles Teller and co. are, a role as important to so many people as Han Solo would surely be better served by an actor who doesn't have the burden of other major roles on his Resume. The list of names reported to have been involved in this latest testing contains actors who have all proven their talents in recent projects. Alden Ehenreich was widely regarded as a standout in Hail Caesar, Taron Egerton has become a fan-favorite after starring in Kingsman, and Emory Cohen very nearly outshone Oscar nominee Saoirse Ronan in Brooklyn. 

This is sure to be a casting that everybody will feel strongly about, so let us know who you want to see playing Young Han in the comments below.
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