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Mass search underway for ‘Han Solo’ standalone film lead

Mass search underway for ‘Han Solo’ standalone film lead

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The search is underway for a new actor to portray a young Han Solo in Disney’s standalone origin project, and it looks like co-directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller are not short on casting choices.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, over 2,500 young male actors in the age bracket of 18-32 have put themselves on tape in a gamble to win the part. They range from complete unknowns to established stars including Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Dave Franco, Tom Felton, Ed Westwick, Rami Malek, Landon Liboiron, Ansel Elgort, Jack Reynor, Colton Haynes and Max Thieriot.

Apart from the directors set to bring the story to life (Lord and Miller) and the screenwriters (Lawrence and Jon Kasdan) nothing is yet known about the top-secret project. Notes from Disney’s casting directors indicate that they’re looking for someone with a passing resemblance to a young Harrison Ford (who was 35 when the original Star Wars was released) and that the actor will have to be “funny as well as handle the expected action scenes”.

The Han Solo standalone film will follow on from Gareth Edwards’s standalone Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, and is scheduled to begin filming in January 2017 for a May 25, 2018 release.