The search for a young Han Solo is getting hot, this according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The outlet was the first to report that one of the largest casting nets ever cast is closer to being reeled in following multiple screen tests. So who are the rumored hopefuls looking to tackle one of the most iconic characters of all time?
According to THR, the list of actors who recently screen tested for the role includes: Alden Ehrenreich (“Hail, Caesar!”), Jack Reynor (“Transformers: Age of Extinction”) and Taron Egerton (“The Kingsman,” “Eddie the Eagle”). The outlet notes that other names could be on the list as well.
The aforementioned group was reportedly picked from a slightly bigger group that had previously met with the directors. This larger group is rumored to include “Brooklyn” star Emory Cohen, some of the cast of Richard Linklater’s upcoming “Everybody Wants Some,” Miles Teller (“Whiplash”) and Ansel Elgort (“The Fault in Our Stars”).
The casting process has been a lengthy one, with Disney and Lucasfilm having reportedly met with or seen over 2,500 actors in the process. No doubt the process is intensified thanks to the popularity of the Han Solo role, which was most recently seen in the box office record-breaker “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”
This new film, not surprisingly, has been largely kept top secret. The story is a “Star Wars” spin-off, and will follow a young Han Solo and his exploits before becoming one of the most beloved characters of all time, made famous first by Harrison Ford in “Star Wars: A New Hope.”
Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (“21 Jump Street,” “The Lego Movie”) are set to direct the film. The screenplay was written by Lawrence Kasdan and Jon Kasdan. Lawrence is known for having previously penned “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” as well as for co-writing previous films in the “Star Wars” series such as “The Empire Strikes Back,” “Return of the Jedi” and “The Force Awakens.”
His son Jon previously wrote the screenplay for “The First Time,” which debuted at Sundance, as well as “In the Land of Women.”
The film’s release is slated for 2018.