Who Should Play Young Han Solo in the New Star Wars Anthology Movie

Thursday, 09 July 2015 - 3:28PM
Star Wars
Thursday, 09 July 2015 - 3:28PM
Who Should Play Young Han Solo in the New Star Wars Anthology Movie
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Today is a huge week for the Star Wars franchise. Star Wars fans have been divided upon hearing the news that none other than Han Solo would be getting his own Star Wars movie; a prequel story detailing the beloved character's origins. But unless Disney goes the Terminator: Genisys route and CGIs a young Harrison Ford for the role, we're going to have to see a new face as Han. In selecting a man to replace Harrison Ford as Han Solo, LucasFilm will be embarking on what is sure to be one of the most-scrutinized casting choices of all time.

So, just who could rise to the challenge of playing a young version of everybody's favorite loveable rogue? Here are our nominees for the next Han Solo.

Miles Teller

Teller is one of the hottest young actors in Hollywood right now and it's all for one good reason: He can act. Teller has easily floated from comedies like 'That Awkward Moment' to dramas like 'Whiplash', and will soon take on his first major action role in the 'Fantastic Four' reboot as Reed Richards. Teller definitely has the chops to pull off a Han, but we'll reserve judgement on his action status until after we see him, well, in action in August.

Scott Eastwood

Action shouldn't be a concern for Eastwood; anyone who's the son of Clint Eastwood was born a tough guy. Eastwood also possesses old school handsome good looks that are easily enough to win over even the toughest of space queens. The only question is, does Eastwood have the ability to carry a movie this big? Anytime an actor comes from a famous family there are always concerns of nepotism, and so far Eastwood hasn't had a breakout performance to dissuade those concerns.

Nicholas Hoult

Hoult has an easygoing charm about him that falls in line with Han, and he certainly has the action/sci-fi experience thanks to playing Beast in the X-Men series. Our only concern is Hoult's sometimes nebbish portrayals in his films. He'll have to amp up the cockiness to make a good Han. On the plus side though, he's dated Jennifer Lawrence in real life, so that's got to count for something.

Aaron Taylor-Johnson

Taylor-Johnson name has popped up a lot over the past few years, taking the lead role in the Godzilla remake and playing Quicksilver in Avengers: Age of Ultron, so he's clearly into science fiction. The only issue is, neither of those roles wowed critics, with Taylor-Johnson's performances in both films being largely forgettable, and he hasn't yet proven that he has the magnetism of a Han Solo (despite being Magneto's son).

Evan Peters

The other Quicksilver, Peters killed the role in X-Men: Days of Future Past. He definitely nailed Quicksilver's cocky swagger and had some funny lines in a performance that was a little Han Solo-esque. Peters is quite slight though and boyish-looking, and though he could bulk up, we're not convinced that he has the machismo to pull off a Han. Having said that, we wouldn't hate it if he were cast in the role.

Liam Hemsworth

Most tough guy roles do seem to go to Aussies these days, and Liam's brother Chris Hemsworth is already a company man with Disney thanks to his role as Thor. Liam himself is no stranger to action films with roles in The Hunger Games and The Expendables series, and the ladies love him. But is he funny enough? Chris has shown off his comedic side in some recent roles, but Liam? Eh, not so much. It would certainly be an area he has to improve on if he has any hopes of snagging the coveted role.

Anthony Ingruber

Many corners of the internet have already thrown their support behind Ingruber based on the fact that he looks quite a bit like Harrison Ford and did a passable impression of him in Age of Adeline. But looking and talking like Harrison Ford does not a Han Solo make. We're of the belief that a new Han Solo movie should be just that, and not an actor impersonating someone else who played the role. Save that for SNL sketches. 

Jai Courtney

Jai Courtney has been building an impressive resume over the past few years and seems poised to strike it big. His highest profile role yet is playing fellow 80s action hero Kyle Reese in Terminator: Genisys, and while reviews for the film have been less than stellar, it's the plot and not Courtney's performance drawing most of the ire. Courtney already has the cocky, handsome action star thing down, if he figures out how to sprinkle in a little hangdog charm, we might just have ourselves a Han.

Chris Pratt

At 36, Pratt is already older than Harrison Ford was when he played Han Solo in Star Wars (he was 35), and he'll be 39 by the time the Han Solo solo film (see what we did there?) comes out, so he's definitely too long in the tooth to play a "young Han". But come on, how perfect would Pratt be? He's already basically played a goofier Han Solo as Peter Quill in Guardians of the Galaxy, is heavily rumored to fill Ford's other most-iconic shoes by becoming the next Indiana Jones, and collaborated quite successfully with directors Miller and Lord on The Lego Movie. Yes, in a perfect world, Chris Pratt would make the perfect Han Solo, but that's not likely to happen in our world. Maybe he could sign on as a grizzled mentor, though!
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