The search for the actor who will play young Han Solo in the planned Star Wars spin-off that will focus on the characters’ early days continues to narrow. Back in January it was said the likes of Miles Teller, Ansel Elgort, Dave Franco, Logan Lerman, Jack Reynor, Scott Eastwood, Emory Cohen, and Blake Jenner were on the shortlist.
Things seem to have shifted to some new names, with THR reporting that at screen tests in London last weekend were the likes of Alden Ehrenreich (Hail, Caesar!); Jack Reynor (Transformers: Age of Extinction), Taron Egerton (Kingsman), and Emory Cohen (Brooklyn). Other names are also believed to still be in the mix, with Variety adding Blake Jenner (Everybody Wants Some!!) and Jack O’Connell (Unbroken).
Previous reports have suggested that while the movie isn’t expected to go into production until January 2017 (for a release May 25, 2018), the reason that they want to find their man now is because of a planned cameo in this year’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, which is also set before the events of Star Wars: A New Hope. Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (21 Jump Street, The Lego Movie) are set to direct the Han Solo flick.
A decision on who will get the role is expected very soon.