While Disney/Lucasfilm are hard at work on Rogue One and Episode VIII, the hunt for a brand new Han Solo is gaining momentum. Most recently, Variety released a shortlist of 8 actors up for the iconic role. Now, you can add 2 more names to that list! Check them out!
According to Star Wars News Net, Taron Egerton and Alden Ehrenreich have entered the competition for the iconic role of a young Han Solo! The Star Wars news outlet claims that both actors have auditioned multiple times for the role, both separately and together (which could imply they may be up for a different role all together).
Taron Egerton (Kingsman: The Secret Service) has long been a fan favourite for the role ever since he won over the hearts of audiences with his turn as the charming yet roguish Eggsy. Alden Ehrenreich, on the other hand, has just recently been gaining some traction. His supporting role in Hail, Caesar was one of the few positive elements of the piece and his ability to blend natural humour with unwitting bravado will make him a great fit should he get the call. Both actors are up and comers so for Disney to swoop in now and grab up either one for the foreseeable future would be a wise move, especially if those rumours involving the young Han Solo appearing in Rogue One end up coming true.
That being said, this is only a rumour at this point. As a matter of fact, around the same time this news came out, Umberto Gonzalez of Heroic Hollywood came out with a tweet refuting the claims that either of the actors were up for the role. Star Wars News Net has had a solid track record when it comes to stories like this so I tend to give them the benefit of the doubt, but Gonzalez isn’t a slouch when it comes to the Hollywood scoop game.
Assuming the news is true, both actors could/would bring a unique pitch to the Star Wars staple while maintaining the core of the smuggler fans the world over fell in love with. Assuming it isn’t, not much changes in the grand scheme of things. Egerton has long been rumoured for the part but considering 2,500 actors were in contention, it isn’t at all surprising Disney/Lucasfilm went with somebody else.
Do you think either of these actors is fit for the role? Prefer one of the other 8? Let me know in the comments below and don’t forget to check back in to OTL News for all the latest!
The Han Solo Star Wars Anthology film is scheduled for release on May 25th, 2018.