Young Han Solo: Who are the actors up for the role?

Part of the Star Wars revival that kicked off with The Force Awakens in December, is a Han Solo anthology series, about the origins of the character before we met him at the Mos Eisley cantina, but much of the questions have been who will play the young Han Solo?

According to The Hollywood Reporter the list has been narrowed down to three actors, so we thought we’d introduce you to them.

According to sources, last weekend in London tests were conducted involving actors Alden Ehrenreich, Jack Reynor, and Taron Egerton. Sources say there could be a few other names on the list, though due to the high level of secrecy on all Star Wars projects, it’s hard to ascertain them. Disney of course have declined to comment.

What we do know for certain about the young Han Solo movie: It will be directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller, the duo behind Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs,The LEGO Movie, and the 21 Jump Street comedies. And the script will be penned by both Lawrence Kasdan, who worked on The Force Awakens (as well as The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi) and his son Jon, who directed and wrote 2012’s The First Time and was a writer on the TV series Freaks and Geeks.

So, who are these actors getting ready to take on one of the world’s most iconic character?

Meet the actors who are up for the Young Han Solo role

Alden Ehrenreich

LA born actor may be relatively unknown, but he’s worked with some of the best in the business already, Francis Ford Coppola (twice), Woody Allen and Park Chan-wook. Not only that, but the 26 year old was discovered at a friend’s bat mitzvah reception, by Steven Spielberg, when Spielberg saw a short comedy featuring Ehrenreich. Ehrenreich has described the comedic performance he gave in the movie as: “I ran around as a skinny little punk, trying on girls’ clothes and eating dirt.” The meeting with Spielberg led to acting roles on television shows such as Supernatural and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation though, so it can’t be as bad as he remembers.

Most recently he appeared in the Coen rothers’ new period romp Hail, Caesar! as a vowel-mangling western star. Later this year Alden has roles in The Yellow Birds and an untitled Warren Beatty project coming to the big screen too.

 Jack Reynor

Irish actor Reynor is most probably best known for playing racing car driver in Transformers: Age of Extinction, but has appeared in a handful of dramas too, last year he appeared alongside Michael Fassbender and Marion Cottilard in Macbeth. His portrayal of a golden boy athlete who finds himself in trouble with the law in Lenny Abrahamson’s What Richard Did saw the Irishman win the best actor prize at the 2013 Irish film and television awards.

The 24 year old can be seen this year in Sing Street, HHhH, Free Fire and The Secret Scripture and in 2017 so far he has an appearance in Jungle Book: Origins.

Taron Egerton

We’ve introduced you in depth to Taron Egerton before, just before the release of his lead role in Kingsman, this month also sees him star as Eddie The Eagle in the biographical sports dramedy film about the British athlete, a film which has been drawing strong early reviews. The Welshman already has a busy schedule, with Billionaire Boys Club and Sing released later this year, and Robin Hood: Origins and Kingsman 2 scheduled for 2017, we somehow think there will be plenty of time to work on a little Star Wars film too.

Disney met with more than 2,500 actors for the role of Solo, and other names were previously shortlisted, these were Miles Teller, Ansel Elgort and Emory Cohen. Harrison Ford’s replacement will star as a younger version of the Corellian smuggler in a new Star Wars film which is due in cinemas for 2018.