Dave Franco, Tom Felton and Nick Robinson are also said to have testes for the role
Disney and Lucasfilm have reportedly auditioned more than 2,500 actors for the role of Han Solo in the character’s upcoming Star Wars spin-off film.
Announced in July, the 2018 spin-off will tell the story of “how young Han Solo became the smuggler, thief, and scoundrel whom Luke Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi first encountered in the cantina at Mos Eisley”.
Phil Lord and Chris Miller, the directing duo behind The Lego Movie and 21 Jump Street, have signed on to direct the film, whose screenplay is being written by Star Wars franchise veteran Lawrence Kasdan and his son Jon Kasdan.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, actors to have auditioned for the role of young Han Solo include The Avengers‘ Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Whiplash actor Miles Teller, former Harry Potter star Tom Felton, Jurassic World‘s Nick Robinson and Gossip Girl alumnus Ed Westwick.
James Franco’s younger brother, Dave Franco, Teen Wolf‘s Colton Haynes and The Fault In Our Stars actor Ansel Elgort are also said to have tested for the role. Shooting on the movie is due to start in January 2017, so a decision is not expected imminently.
Disney and Lucasfilm has given the currently untitled Han Solo spin-off film a release date of May 25, 2018. It will be the second in the so-called “Anthology Series” of Star Wars spin-off films following Rogue One, which is being directed by Godzilla‘s Gareth Edwards for a December 16, 2016 release. The Theory Of Everything‘s Felicity Jones is playing that film’s lead.
Both “Anthology Series” films will of course be preceded by JJ Abrams’ Star Wars: The Force Awakens, in which Harrison Ford reprises his iconic role as Han Solo alongside fellow original stars Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill. Abrams’ film opens in UK cinemas on December 17 and in the US a day later.