The shortlist for the young Han Solo in the forthcoming spin-off movie has been revealed.
According to Variety, executives at Disney and Lucasfilm have now narrowed the field from thousands to just a handful of young actors.
The movie business bible names ‘Fantastic Four’s Miles Teller, 'Divergent’s Ansel Elgort, James Franco’s brother Dave, and Clint Eastwood’s son Scott Eastwood among those being considered.
Also on the list are Emory Cohen, who turned heads in 'Brooklyn’, opposite Saoirse Ronan, 'Percy Jackson’ star Logan Lerman and 'Glee’s Blake Jenner.
It’s said that 'Lego Movie’ helmsman Phil Lord and Chris Miller, who are directing the Star Wars origin story, and Lucasfilm boss Kathleen Kennedy will be screen-testing the potential galactic smugglers, with a decision arriving in the coming weeks.
Sources are also telling the magazine that there’s a possible reason for the rush to cast to role (it’s not actually shooting until next January).
It’s thought – though this remains unconfirmed – that the new Han could make a cameo appearance in 'Rogue One’, the first of the Star Wars spin-off movies.
British 'Godzilla’ Director Gareth Edwards is currently shooting the movie – which stars Felicity Jones, Diego Luna and Riz Ahmed – at Elstree Studios, with just a few more weeks until it wraps, ahead of its release date on December 15.
That movie tells the story of the rebel fighters who stole the plans for the Death Star, prior to the action which took place in 'Star Wars IV’, giving them to Princess Leia.
The currently untitled Han Solo movie, meanwhile, is due out on May 25, 2018.
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