‘Star Wars’ Han Solo Spinoff: Actor Shortlist Revealed (EXCLUSIVE)

'Star Wars' Han Solo Spinoff: Actors
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Disney and Lucasfilm are inching closer to finding their young Han Solo for the upcoming untitled “Star Wars” spinoff.

Sources tell Variety that after seeing thousands of actors, execs have cut the list down to about a dozen actors with Miles Teller, Ansel Elgort, Dave Franco, Jack Reynor, Scott Eastwood, Logan Lerman, “Brooklyn” star Emory Cohen and “Everybody Wants Some” actor Blake Jenner among the names making the cut.

NDAs and test deals are still being worked out, but producer Kathleen Kennedy and directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller will begin testing the new group with a decision expected in the next couple of weeks.

The film does not shoot until next January, but sources close to the situation say the reason for such an early decision has more to do with another “Star Wars” film currently shooting, rather than the untitled “Han Solo” pic. While insiders were unable to confirm, the new Solo could have a small cameo in “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” before appearing in his own standalone pic.

“Rogue One” still has a month of shooting to go and is supposed to be set between “Episode III” and “Episode IV,” making this new Han Solo age appropriate for an appearance in the film. Disney and Marvel used the same strategy for their new Spider-Man by casting Tom Holland early in order for him to cameo in “Captain America: Civil War” before appearing in his own film.

With the exception of Eastwood, who’s 29, Disney and Lucasfilm seem to be zeroing in on actors between the ages of 20 to 25. The studios tested actors as young as 17 to as old as 34.

The untitled pic is set to bow on May 25, 2018.

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  1. Mike Livingstone says:

    I struggle to see this being cast effectively. Harrison Ford when he did Stars was more ruggedly better looking than any present actors, and he also had a real knack as been said below of delivering that nonchalant smirk. It would probably be better to wait for the construction of a time machine, and then give Harrison Ford the gig back in in 1978.

  2. Lowfdog says:

    What the heck? They’re doing a Young Han Solo movie and they’re not tapping Anthony Ingruber for the role?

    Didn’t anyone at Disney see Age of Adaline???!?

  3. In episode 4 Han was 29 years old. So in order for this to work at all, they had better be telling the story of a pre-teen to teen Han at the most. Otherwise how will they explain the extremely different appearances of the character????

    It worked with Obi-Wan because the age difference was so vast.

    I have a feeling this is going to be a blemish on the franchise.

  4. Dylan says:

    Pretty sure Dave Franco is like 31, so I guess “with the exception of Franco and Eastwood”

  5. Juan Lleonart says:

    Matt davis is exact clone to harrison.

  6. sfsdfsdaf says:


  7. LOLOLOL says:

    Eastwood FTW

  8. Andrew March says:

    Ha, none of the actors named are in the shortlist

  9. Nana18kim says:

    Where is Anthony Ingruber?

  10. Erich says:

    Dylan Obrien from teen wolf/Maze runner would work.

  11. A Random Star Wars Fan says:

    wish they could just show the public their audition tapes and let we vote

  12. richard melendez says:


  13. Cassie E. says:

    It’s funny, when i saw that they were casting a young Han I immediately thought of Ansel Elgort. He’s tall and has the look. In interviews that I’ve seen with him he has the persona. If they’re not going to cast an un-known then it should be him.

  14. inquisitor says:

    By the looks of the list…It’s gonna be…..A Jew. Sorry to the non Jews. Thanks for stopping by.

  15. bluetail75 says:

    Chris Pratt…case closed!

  16. If anyone involved with the film reads these posts, PLEASE, for the sake of all that is holy, do NOT cast Ansel Elgort or Miles Teller as Han Solo. They are probably my two biggest complaints about the Divergent films. Teller is annoying and has already destroyed Fantastic Four; please do not give him a shot at Han Solo, too! And nothing I have seen Ansel Elgort in suggests he has the personality to play a convincing Han Solo. Of the rest on that short list, Dave Franco probably comes the closest to having an on-screen presence that might be able to pull off playing Han Solo. If he can take that self-effacing cockiness in Now You See Me and ramp it up a bit, I could see him playing a young Corellian smuggler.

  17. Ebon Kim says:

    As some people are saying, what made Harrison Ford great as Han Solo (and Indiana Jones) was his ruggedness (and IMO, the ability to pass off a smirk nonchalantly). It’s gonna be tough finding a replacement. I’d have to go with Scott Eastwood if going by the list. Some other choices if they reconsidered would be:

    Tom Hardy
    Chris Pratt
    Ben McKenzie
    Nikolaj Coster-Waldau
    Charlie Hunnam

    Chase Crawford
    Bob Morely
    Garret Hedlund

  18. A.H. says:

    Of the listed, Scott Eastwood or Blake Jenner would be my picks. Eastwood’s more rugged, Jenner plays more to the slight awkwardness while still resembling Ford.

    Jamie Costa or Anthony Ingruber would be all right, as would Garrett Hedlund.

    I’m not entirely clear on what age they’re looking for, but late 30s (original trilogy age) wise, my pick would unequivocally go to Matt Davis, who bears a great resemblance to Ford and has the acting experience I would want with that type of money invested.

  19. Ann says:

    When Harrison Ford met Anthony Ingruber his comment was “he’s great” ! I don’t know how the Star Wars Producers could pass up someone who is the whole package. He’s got the looks, the charisma, and the voice !

  20. Jill says:

    Jamie Costa should be considered, He resembles Han, sounds like him and executes his mannerisms very well. I would think Disney would want someone who could capture the essence of the character that had been established. Anyone else in the role would just be reinventing the character.

  21. If its either Miles Teller, Ansel Elgort or Dave Franco, I’m not watching. I’d rather keep my memories of Han Solo intact.

  22. Nova Kenya Violeta says:

    Anthony Ingruber who plays a younger Harrison Ford in The Age of Adaline would be a great Han Solo.

  23. Sue says:

    Can’t help but think that the fact that Bake Jenner’s wife works with Harrison Ford’s wife on Supergirl might give him an inside track. Hope so!

    • GregRZ says:

      Who is Bake Jenner and what character does he play on Supergirl? There’s nobody on that show I can think of that I’ve seen who would be appropriate.

  24. kenobewan says:

    This guy is a godsend from the Force! And he IS a PROVEN ACTOR. Just look at the SILENT KISS SCENE in Age of Adaline: RAW EMOTIONAL PRESENCE.

    I’ve just experience the WOW factor as I had never heard of him as of 15 minutes ago. I’ve seen this gorgeous woman on the TV show go speechless and kind of look at him with daydreamy eyes over skype during his interview in Schmoes Know. I just saw him in the actual MOVIE he played HARRISON FORD and the man can ACT. He’s GOOD. Look at the emotion he delivers in the kiss scene. Not one word. Look at the glint in his eyes! The struggle to breathe and look at her in the eyes and beleieve it’s all happenning at 2’15” THIS GUY IS A GODSEND FROM THE FORCE  

    From Paris with AWE

  25. Justin H says:

    Anthony Ingruber is the best choice. He already played a young Harrison Ford in “Age of Adaline. The idea of a Han Solo origin movie was one of my primary reasons for being apprehensive about Disney taking over Star Wars (the prequels were one huge origin story, after all.) Its not so much the idea as much as the execution: I mean, Harrison Ford IS Han Solo. You can’t just get any 2o-something year old and say, “This is Han Solo.” When I first saw Anthony Ingruber’s spot-on Han Solo monologue on YouTube…well, let’s just say he’s about the only person I can see doing this justice. Disney is walking a dangerous line with fans right now. If they don’t “choose wisely”…well, we may have another prequel situation on our hands. If Disney wants this movie to be a success, listen to the fans.

  26. Mark says:

    Miles Teller (who just looks too weird) and Dave Franco, neither of whom can act worth a damn, shouldn’t be on anyone’s list for anything except bit parts in the background of movies. If they really did make a short list of a dozen actors, then the Producer and Directors are clueless.

  27. Megan Sanderson says:

    I understand that the execs want a name people already know. Someone who will bring the fans in. Which may be why Anthony Ingruber (who already played an awesome young Ford in Age of Adaline and can do a spot on Solo impersination, didn’t make the short list. But please…NOT Miles Teller. He is only known to me as the bad actor from the WORST Fantastic 4 movie EVER. And that’s saying a lot.

    • Hanna says:

      I don’t know about you, but as a huge fan of Star Wars, I sure as hell don’t want a household name actor playing Han. With a relatively unknown actor, you aren’t placing labels on the actor because of other well-known movies they’ve been in. If it were Ansel Elgort, for example, I would be thinking about how he was in The Fault In Our Stars the entire time. If they don’t pick Anthony Ingruber or Jamie Costa, then I don’t know what will become of this movie

  28. Dan says:

    How about Anthony Ingruber? He’s so perfect for the role, he even has a hashtag.

  29. Elle says:


  30. Clint Hammill says:


  31. Dash Rander says:

    Anthony Ingruber already worked for Disney in “Avalon High” (2010) and made the character of a young Harrison Ford in “Age of Adaline” (2015). All the fandom desire Anthony Ingruber as a young Han Solo, so… what´s the problem, Disney? LISTEN TO THE PEOPLE OR FACE CONSECUENCES!!

  32. Please stop this nonsense and cast #ingruberforsolo. We’re begging you Disney, the guy’s a once in a lifetime chance to bring back the real Han Solo.

  33. Hey Disney, Kathleen Kennedy and whoever!! One word…. INGRUBER!!

  34. Noel Costill says:

    Anthony Ingruber.. make it happen Disney, or realize your failure later

  35. love nera says:

    I’m sorry guys but anthony ingruber is the perfect one to be Han Solo..😊

  36. Where’s Anthony Ingruber??

  37. David Scott says:

    Don’t hire ANY OF THEM FUCK

  38. jamiecosta2k16 says:


  39. NULL says:

    Everyone! There is a new tag on Twitter that should be trending. #HanthonyIngruber. Let Disney know what the fans want

  40. lalalong says:

    Anthony Ingruber!!!!!!!!!!!

  41. john doe says:

    Anthony Ingruber

  42. Bob says:

    Dave Franco!?!?! Really? This list is dumb and depressing.

  43. D says:

    How is Anthony Ingruber not on the list?

  44. Kb says:

    Seriously, Anthony Ingruber is not on the short list? He looks and sounds just like Harrison Ford.

  45. San Holo says:

    Anthony Ingruber FTW!!!

  46. rgharry says:

    How can anyone look at Harrison Ford and then look at these bland subpar boys and be like “yes, perfect”???

  47. Lita says:

    They should definetly choose Anthony Ingruber from the Age of Adaline.

  48. Suzanne says:

    Are you guys serious?? Miles Teller will KILL the franchise! This list sucks. This movie isn’t geared to teens, it’s geared to adults who fell in love with the movie in the 70’s and just like the Pirates franchise, you are risking destroying the Star Wars franchise as well. With the exception of Eastwood, all the other ‘choices’ you have, they don’t look rugged and bare no resemblance to Ford. Look on all the comment pages and you will see a theme, the public is begging you guys to please NOT USE the short list but look for someone that will actually look and sound and feel like Ford.

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