Last month, a new report claimed that Disney and LucasFilm had narrowed down their final candidates to play the iconic Han Solo in their upcoming Star Wars Anthology adventure. The finalists included Miles Teller, Ansel Elgort, Dave Franco, Jack Reynor, Scott Eastwood, Logan Lerman, Emory Cohen and Blake Jenner, who were part of a much larger field of candidates who were mentioned in a separate report from December. Today we have a new report from Star Wars News Net that claims two more actors are up for the role, who weren’t previously mentioned, Taron Egerton and Alden Ehrenreich. But there may be an unexpected twist that no one saw coming!
Last year, Taron Egerton mentioned that he would love to play Han Solo in the upcoming Star Wars Anthology: Han Solo, but he wasn’t among the several actors mentioned who had auditioned for the role. Others who reportedly tested to play Han Solo are Chandler Riggs, Rami Malek, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Nick Robinson, Leo Howard, Tony Oller, Landon Liboiron, Ed Westwick, Tom Felton, Joshua Sasse, Colton Haynes and Max Thieriot. This report claims that both Taron Egerton and Alden Ehrenreich have auditioned multiple times for the role, and they are still in contention, but there’s an interesting wrinkle as well.
This report claims that both actors auditioned separately, and together, which could indicate that they may be up for different roles. During their audition together, both actors reportedly used a script that hinted their characters were related, and the site’s source claimed that Han Solo may have a brother, but of course, that hasn’t been confirmed. The mysterious source also claims that Idris Elba also met with LucasFilm for an undisclosed role, but it isn’t known if it’s for the Han Solo spinoff or any one of the other projects LucasFilm is working on.
Last month’s report claimed that LucasFilm was said to make a decision soon on who will play Han Solo, because that actor may come aboard for a cameo appearance in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, which is nearing the end of its production schedule. Naturally, that rumor wasn’t confirmed either, but it would make sense to bring the young Han in, since both Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and Star Wars Anthology: Han Solo are set before Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope. Disney has set a May 25, 2018 release date for Star Wars Anthology: Han Solo, but it isn’t known when production may begin, under the direction of Phil Lord and Chris Miller.
It’s also worth noting that Heroic Hollywood’s Umberto Gonzalez claims this report is false, calling Star Wars News Net‘s Kenny Tarr a “serial scammer.” Taron Egerton will next be seen in Eddie the Eagle, and he has quite a busy production schedule this year. The young actor will start shooting Kingsman 2 in the near future, and then move directly over to Robin Hood: Origins later this year. Alden Ehrenreich can currently be seen in Hail, Caesar!, and he will next be seen in The Yellow Birds. Do you think either of these actors have what it takes to pay a young Han Solo?
— Umberto Gonzalez (@elmayimbe) February 12, 2016