By Travis Martin
Despite the announcement that Disney and directing duo Chris Miller and Phil Lord would be making a Star Wars spinoff origin on smuggler and rebel Han Solo, no news has been more intriguing as who would take over for Harrison Ford in his iconic role. Now, it looks as though the film has three candidates to choose from.
Alden Ehrenreich, Jack Reynor, and Taron Edgerton are said to be on the final shortlist to play Han Solo. Originally, Miles Teller, Ansel Elgort, and Dave Franco were also on the list, but now it appears that they have been cut from the list.
With his star on the rise, Alden Ehrenreich is best know recently for playing Hobie Doyle in “Hail, Caesar!” and will star as John Bartle in the upcoming war drama, “The Yellow Birds.“ When I saw “Hail, Caesar,” Ehrenreich stole the show as the simple cowboy who may or may not have more on his mind. I am also excited to see him in “The Yellow Birds” in a more serious role. But, he is not really my first choice. I not sure why, but I cannot imagine Ehrenreich as Han Solo. However, if Ehrenreich were to be cast in another, like Boba Fett, then I would be in full support.
Meanwhile, Jack Reynor is definitely my first choice. I know, he may best be know for staring with Mark Wahlberg in the abysmal “Transformers: Age of Extinction,“ but if you see some of his independent films, you may change your mind. Films like “What Richard Did” and “Glassland” show the versatility that Reynor has. He will also be featured in films like “HHhH” as WWII rebel Jozef Gabcik and in Andy Serkis‘ “Jungle Book: Origins” as Brother Wolf. Plus, he looks the most like Harrison Ford in my opinion.
After Reynor, my second choice to play Han would be Taron Edgerton, star of “Kingsman: The Secret Service” and “Eddie the Eagle.“ Edgerton has been a lot of people’s first choice to play the smuggler in the prequel spinoff. However, with Edgerton already attached to return in a “Kingsman” sequel and to play the titular character in “Robin Hood: Origins,“ I do not think that Edgerton may have time to play Han with these films. Nonetheless, I think that he would be a good choice behind Reynor.
It was already announced that Han’s best friend and co-pilot Chewbacca would be in the film. No word yet if Peter Mayhew would reprise his role as the furry character, though it is doubtable as Mayhew is 71 years old and is currently suffering from arthritis. The untitled Star Wars Han Solo spinoff is set to release May 25, 2018.
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