On the heels of the Indiana Jones 5 announcement comes more news for another iconic Harrison Ford role, Han Solo. According to THR, the once 2,500 actor long “short” list has hit the single digits. With so few actors left in contention for the role, an announcement is ever looming. Hit the jump for details!
The search for Star Wars’ newest (or oldest, Han Solo has been around for a while) space scoundrel is reaching its end. The Hollywood Reporter claims that Disney/Lucasfilm has narrowed down their list of potential actors down to 3: Taron Egerton, Jack Reynor and Alden Ehrenreich. They do say that there is a possibility that other names that were previously on the list may still be in contention for the part but their sources couldn’t get any definitive answer.
Interestingly enough, 2 of these three names were linked to this story only a matter of weeks ago. Aaron Egerton has long been associated with the part in the fan community, though his official attachment with the film has only been “confirmed” recently. The same goes for Ehrenreich. Jumping from almost complete obscurity to the top of the Han Solo shortlist is quite a feat, especially given the one major film credit to his name was lacklustre (see my Hail, Caesar! review). That being said, Ehrenreich was the one outstanding element and to see him in a galaxy far, far away wouldn’t be all that surprising.
Jack Reynor, known for his role in Transformers: Age of Extinction, is quite the wild card. Not on any notable fan lists and not a critical darling, his appearance on this list is quite a mystery. While I haven’t seen him in nearly enough to write him off, the few things I have seen him in definitely have me wanting (unless Han Solo is going to be doing a lot of driving and/or whining). But, I am willing to be proven wrong.
Other names linked to the project, but not named specifically in THR’s report, are Ansel Elgort, Blake Jenner, Miles Teller and Jack O’Connell.
Han Solo is set for a 2018 premiere date and is being directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller.