[SLIGHT Star Wars Spoilers ahead. Do not read if you’ve yet to see The Force Awakens yet]
Last year, we saw Han Solo reach the end of his journey when his life was ended by his son in The Force Awakens, and it brought a tear to all of our eyes. Of course, the news of a Han Solo spin-off film set before the events of Episode IV had been announced beforehand, so it wasn’t a complete loss for fans. Clearly a young actor had to be found to play the role, and they’ve narrowed the selection down to three talented, young actors.
The official shortlist for the film has been revealed and these are the three actors being looked at:
Alden Ehrenreich (best known for his role in Hail, Caesar!), a 26 year old American actor.
Jack Raynor (best known for his role in Transformers: Age of Extinction), a 24 year old Irish actor.
Taron Egerton (best known for his role in Kingsman: The Secret Service), a 26 year old British actor.
Of the three actors, Egerton is the one who’s received the most traction for his role in Kingsman, and he was even being considered to play the newest version of Spider-Man at one point, but both Raynor and Ehrenreich are both equally talented competitors, so it won’t be an easy decision to make.
The fact that Disney was able to narrow it down to these three is a feat in itself, seeing as how they met with over 2,500 actors for this specific role (some of those including Fantastic Four’s Miles Teller and The Fault in our Stars’ Ansel Elgort). Harrison Ford was perfect for this role, and replacing him as Han Solo is a big risk, so Disney has to chose carefully from these three. We’ll just have to wait and see who they go with in the end.
The Han Solo Anthology Film is scheduled to release on May 25th, 2018.