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New Han Solo: A Star Wars Story Casting Rumors

star-wars-han-soloWith Rogue One filming almost finished and the start of principal photography for Episode VIII, we will briefly move our focus further in the future and discuss a new rumor we heard about the cast for the second stand alone movie – Han Solo…

 

 

POTENTIAL SPOILERS!

 

 

You probably remember the rumor that actor Taron Egerton (Kingsman) was wanted to play the lead in the upcoming Han Solo film. The rumor first originated from the tabloid The Sun back in February 2015. Since then there were multiple reports on many young actors who supposedly tried their luck to score the dream role. Surprisingly Taron’s name was not mentioned in the recently revealed list of actors that possibly auditioned for the role.

 

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Now we’ve learned from a source that Egerton is still on the wanted list. And not only that, but he actually already auditioned more than once for the role. We can also add another name to the list of actors being eyed for the role of the famous scoundrel – Alden Ehrenreich.

 

Alden-Ehrenrich

 

What’s interesting is that according to our source, both actors auditioned separately and together. This means that they might be up for two different roles. They were screen tested using a script that suggested that they are both related. This script of course had nothing to do with the Han Solo script. You probably remember that for TFA actors read a scene from The Hunger Games for Finn and Rey. So we can’t say for certain that the close relation between the two characters will remain in the movie as well. Our source even thinks that actually Han Solo might have a brother, but for now we put that under the rumors column. Let’s just say that a major male family member is up for casting and that it is of the same type as Han.

 

The source also confirmed that some of the already released names did audition, but what’s interesting is that they were doing it in pairs as well as single auditions.

 

Idris Elba

 

While our source was pretty confident for the accuracy of the above report he also mentioned another interesting casting possibility that is still not confirmed. So take it with the usual dosage of salt. According to him, Idris Elba met with Lucasfilm recently. We’re not sure for what role he might be considered if any, but keep that in mind.

 

It’s interesting that Elba was recently announced to be in talks to star in the romance drama “The Mountain Between Us” at Fox 2000. The most recent draft of the screenplay was written by Rogue One writer Chris Weitz.

 

Special thanks to Pelican for supplying the news.

 

 

 

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  • Dani Català

    Animation film.

    ( PLEAAAAAASE!!!!! :S )

    • John Holmes

      Please get off this site. Your comments are just downright terrible. You don’t belong here commenting on anything Star Wars-related (you should not have the right to do so)!

      • Cole

        That’s not very nice…

      • Ryfir2203

        No, you have it all wrong. I think it’s you that needs to get off this site. Needless hate is not what we need around here.

      • TUD

        Someone woke up on the wrong side of the bed. Reported btw.

    • Cole

      I like the idea of an animated Star Wars movie…but I would want it in the traditional excellent 2D Disney style. Original actors for voices. Great 2d animation is the way to go.

  • Clone11038

    too square-y face respect harrison ford.

    • The Original Drew #BAEROD

      “Good against remotes is one thing, good against the living. Now that is something else.” Ingruber looks like Han Solo but he cannot act, there is more to a role than just an impersonation.

      • Peter Jackson

        What a perfect quote to sum up that situation.

      • Clone11038

        so you prefer getting a guy that looks nothing like Harrison? Plus I feel we don’t have enough data to decide whether he’s good or bad at acting. I believe thT we need a harrison ford impersonation basicly for this film.

        • TUD

          “so you prefer getting a guy that looks nothing like Harrison”

          If he can actually act, yes.

        • The Original Drew #BAEROD

          I wouldn’t say nothing like him. You put him in the right makeup and hair style. It is going to be a real tough act to follow regardless of who gets the role, I guess I would more comfortable with an actor I know could pull it off.

          • TUD

            They seriously have the same forehead.

          • Clone11038

            That guy reminds more of clark kent than of harrison ford. and that’s not only because of the glasses… I see maybe 30% of similarity… at least the way he’s shown here. Rian Johnson tried himself to turn Joseph Gordon Lewitt in a youn Bruce Willis, but I wouldn’t say that he completely succeded. I mean… he Kinda looked similar, but just… kinda.

  • DEKKA129

    Well, yeah… aside from the fact that neither of these guys look a thing like Harrison Ford/Han Solo, what could possibly go wrong? ;^)

    • HansOle

      go wrong.

      well they could let Han Solo have a twin brother, and let them be force users. let the brother die and have a jedi clear hans memory so he can remember how to use the force.

      the rumor han is in Epiosde VIII is true as he will be a force ghost…..

      that would not only ruin the line ” Kid, I’ve flown from one side of this galaxy to the other, and I’ve seen
      a lot of strange stuff, but I’ve never seen *anything* to make me
      believe that there’s one all-powerful Force controlling everything.
      ‘Cause no mystical energy field controls *my* destiny. It’s all a lot of
      simple tricks and nonsense.”
      but also the han arc……………

  • Louis Adams

    Anthony Ingruber seen him as young Harrison Ford. He kicked ass

  • Eirikur

    A Solo brother would be awesome, make the movie about that instead.

    • Robb

      I wonder if Han’s brother is the “good son” that excelled at the Academy, and Han was the goof off that never quite fit in. That would be an interesting dynamic.

  • OMG, Idris Elba for young Solo

    • Peter Jackson

      OMG Idris Elba for Lando’s dad

      • TowHead81

        OMG Idris Elba for Lando Solo

  • THE Sidon Ithano
  • stepstone73

    Mental note everyone. The Sun is one of the sleaziest UK tabloid newspapers out. Don’t believe anything it says.

    • Shaky Premise

      Sleazier than The Sport?

      • stepstone73

        On a par with, but the Sport’s more ludicrous.

  • Petar Ramljak

    I wish 18-20 year old play Han Solo,because I can buy into that he changed in next 15 years,but please,don’t make cameo in Rogue one,it will be really stupid since it is probably a couple of months before A New Hope,and I just couldn’t buy into that Han changed in 2 months so much. If he makes cameo in Rogue One,it will be shrinking the universe,because he wasn’t that important for universe before he met Obi-Wan and Luke in cantina

    • The Original Drew #BAEROD

      I never understood that rumor. Rogue One has to take place very close to ANH Han Solo would look like Harrison Ford, not some kid. Disney/Lucasfilm have to know this right? Right?

      • Robb

        I sure hope so. Shoehorning Han into Rogue One (even if he’s CGI Ford) would just be fan service of Boba-Fett-In-AOTC proportions, but worse.

  • Calvin West

    Black (old) Han Solo..? Yes!! hahaha!!! No f*cking way.. Ingruber!!

    • Darth Necris

      Ingruber is and I’m sorry to say, terrible. His impressions are no better than your average Star Wars fan trying to impress his friends. Terrible choice.

      • evan

        Even if Ingruber was a good actor I don’t think they would go with him. It just comes off as stunt casting

        • Mr_Crankypants

          For a stunt film nobody wanted. Yeah, actually, that fits kind of.

          • Bill Leeds

            Nobody ever asks for a movie. The public gets what the movie studios offer. Its up to oneself to decide what to watch. If this isnt for you then you can skip it. Stick to the saga films and leave the anthologies out. Good talk

            • Shaky Premise

              Well I honestly think it would be a good idea for Disney to take the time and log onto sites like this and read what the fans have to say. Maybe they could make a precedent and actually give the fans a film that THEY actually want.

            • Mr_Crankypants

              You’re not seriously going to try and make the argument that Disney…DISNEY is all about the creative endeavor rather than asking marketing to tell them what people want to see, are you? Because if so, TFA and a whole metric fuck-ton of fan-satisfying, utterly safe storytelling choices would like a word. Thanks for the chat, sport.

              • TUD

                Cool story bro.

      • Bifash

        You’re going to judge him based on 8 year old impressions? How about taking into account his recent acting stints? One of which is linked right here in the comments section.

  • bbnyolc

    One of them is Han Solo. I’m 100% sure.
    https://twitter.com/TaronEgerton/status/691177586609618945

    • TUD

      Please Ansel Elgort.

      • bbnyolc

        I can definitely see him as Han Solo.

  • regeekery – JD

    it’s still not too late for them to pull the plug on this solo Solo movie. I just have to keep hoping.

    • The Original Drew #BAEROD

      unfortunately the origin story that nobody asked for is happening. I just hope that they cast Egerton and get on with it. If they pick Dave Franco I am pretty sure I would instantly vomit.

      • regeekery – JD

        I have no preference at all who plays the role. It doesn’t matter in the least.

  • Peter Jackson

    The other role had better be Dash Rendar. I’m not sure if that’s already been speculated, but it seems like the obvious choice.

    • THE Sidon Ithano

      Nope sorry Peter but Dash Rendar is almost as bad as those Hobbit movies you made.

    • regeekery – JD

      I’m hoping the other role IS Dash Rendar. Because I’m a die hard fan of him and I want to see him recanonized. If he we have to get stuck with a movie about kid Solo then it’s more justified if Dash Rendar is included.

      • TUD

        His ship is already canon, at least. The Outrider was in the New Hope SE.

        • regeekery – JD

          I know that but a ship isn’t the same as a pilot who owns it.

          • TUD

            Yeah.

  • Jake

    Unfortunately, we are going to have to get over the fact that Han Solo won’t look like Harrison Ford anymore. If the acting and the story are there, I will totally be on board. Because we are most likely going to get a cameo in Rogue One and an entire Anthology Film.

    • regeekery – JD

      I don’t care who plays him or if he looks anything like Harrison or not, I can’t get over the fact that a teenage rascal Han Solo is getting an entire movie dedicated to him. It’s such a needless bullshit thing. For a novel or a comic it would be perfect to tell his story but a MOVIE!?

      • Jake

        We’ll have to wait and see. I’m not going to jump to any conclusions. It is a Star Wars movie after all so I’m not complaining.

      • Bill Leeds

        Teenage? Try in mid 20’s, like 26. You dont have to see it or worry about it. This is not the movie you are looking for. Move along. Move along.

        • regeekery – JD

          if Greedo is in it, I do have to see it. But more importantly if the sabacc game where Han wins the Falcon from Lando is in the movie, that will make the movie a MUST SEE for me and all will be right with the world.

  • Lora

    I hate this movie already.

    • regeekery – JD

      I want to upvote this so many more times

      • AuDiOsAnE

        I don’t hate this movie yet, but I upvoted just for you. ;)

    • Luis Petrizzo Rengel

      For what?!

      • TUD

        For being a Han Solo spinoff. There aren’t many other reasons you need, tbh.

        • Luis Petrizzo Rengel

          Just because it’s a spin off doesn’t equal that it will suck! These are just pessimistic fans who have nothing positive left in their hearts.

          • Shaky Premise

            No. These are perceptive fans who knows a bad idea when they see one. I’ve said it before, there are so many ideas Lucasfilm could use for any amount of spin off films. Making a Han Solo film seems cheap and tacky.

            • Luis Petrizzo Rengel

              How arrogant. I bet Han Solo will shot you first if the film turns out to be a susccess

              • Shaky Premise

                I have no doubt that the film will be a success, and if it is may Han Solo strike me dead. I honestly think that a majority of Star Wars fans feel that an Obi Wan film starring Ewan McGregor would be more satisfying than a Han Solo film. I just feel that a Han Solo film just doesn’t feel right, just like those Ewok films that came out in the ’80s.

  • Ghost of Obi Wan Kenobi

    I wish there were more Rogue One leaks.

    • regeekery – JD

      me too

  • Kilgrave que manda nos paranuê

    Thank you for more this news staff of this wonderful site

  • Kilgrave que manda nos paranuê

    I’m worried to the production of rogue one , they seem kind of late

    • TUD

      Seems fine to me.

  • Clone11038

    You know what? I just realised this: by the time this film comes out, we’ll have TFA, episode VIII and Rogue One, in addition to the 6 films. That’s… enough material to distract me, and to ignore this particular film, or to acknowledge its events without watching it.

    • Luis Petrizzo Rengel

      My focuses will be well adjusted when the film comes out.

  • Ethan Howard

    Didn’t know there was so much hate around this movie. Sure I’m very uncomfortable about a new actor playing Han Solo as well, but I don’t see anything else about the movie being bad or mediocre. A Kasdan script directed by the Lord/Miller duo still seems like it could be amazing.

    • bbnyolc

      That’s just fanboy panic. When the trailer comes out everyone will go nuts for this movie. ;)

    • Gerardo Perez Fonseca

      Kasdan writing actually scares me, you know, “Droid, Please?”

    • Shaky Premise

      I hate the thought that out of all of the possibilities for stand alone films they’ve chosen to go in this direction

  • Drool Bear

    #IngruberForSolo

    • Steve00020

      #ImpressionistsAreNotActors

      • Darth Trulane

        #KevenSpaceyIsNotAnActorThen

        • Mr_Crankypants

          #Becausethat’sallSpaceydoesrightthanksforplayinganyways

          • Darth Trulane

            #Mr_CrankypantsThinksKevinSpacyIsABadActor=
            NoCredibility=GameOver lol

            • Mr_Crankypants

              #noyoufooltryreadingSpaceyisafuckingbrilliantactorwhoonly

              #happenstodosomeverygoodimpressions

              #hesnotanimpressionist

              • Kicker2

                #hashtagforeveryfuckingthing

                • Mr_Crankypants

                  #fuckingtoorightmate

                  • TUD

                    #ILoveItWhenBritsSayMateM8

                    • Shaky Premise

                      #AustraliansSayMateTheBestMate

                    • TUD

                      #IBelieveThat

      • skysamfreeman
        • Bifash

          THANK YOU. I’m glad at least someone realises he’s an up and coming actor who just happens to have impressions on youtube from many years ago, and is NOT just an impressionist.

          • skysamfreeman

            A few people have criticized his acting in this short film but what do they expect? At the very least it’s leaps and bounds better than Hayden Christensen’s acting. Also directors have a lot to do with the actors performance. Remember how everyone hated Channing Tatum? Then he got into 21 Jump Street (coincidentally directed by Lord and Miller) and he was pretty good. Definitely getting better still. So I think that if we see promise in this short film and have faith in Lord and Miller, it’ll turn out just fine. They have a history of taking bad ideas on paper and turning it into something great. Lots of people have been saying this movie is a bad idea. So who better to get on board? And same. I’m glad to see someone else on here who isn’t crapping on him because of an old impression video.

            • Bifash

              I wonder if Star Wars News Net or anyone else have been able to reach out to Ingruber or his reps and find out if he’s had an audition? And if he hasn’t had one, then why not? Surely an audition at the very least is not too much to ask for.

              If they want to cast Han Solo right, why ignore the obvious fan choice?

              • skysamfreeman

                I’m sure he’s gotten an audition. They reached out to him for Rebels after all.

            • Alex Sebire

              Leaps and bounds above Hayden Christensen. Lol, Ingruber has barely been in anything, and Christensen has been nominated for twelve awards outside Star Wars; four of which he won.

              Secondly, you criticise Christensen, yet say “directors have a lot to do with the actors performance”. Funny, you could say that about Lucas and Christensen. The monotone voice was a directorial decision by Lucas, every other part of his acting e.g. facial expressions are on point.

              • skysamfreeman

                Christensen is bad in everything he’s done. I’ve not seen one decent performance from him. Just saying.

                • John Holmes

                  Your comments have been reported for spreading slander and falsehoods (also for being an armchair filmmaker). You need to get out more.

                  • skysamfreeman

                    Yes because having an opinion about someones acting is a crime.

                    • John Holmes

                      No, but parroting and regurgitating the same complain for 10+ years and not getting over it, dropping it, and moving on should be.

                      I swear, it’s like not getting over an ex that you broke up with many years ago (you’re still thinking about him/her after all this time).

                    • skysamfreeman

                      HAHAHAHA! Dude seriously? I was merely using him as a comparison considering he’s been the worst actor in Star Wars so far. My point is saying that Star Wars has never been about casting A list actors. An unknown with promise and great directors is a good combination for Han Solo. That’s all I’m saying.

                    • John Holmes

                      I don’t recall Carrie Fisher and Mark Hammill being Highly-sought-after A-list Hollywood actors by the way ;-)

                      Like I posted earlier above:

                      #NuffSaid
                      #RetroactiveRevisionist

                    • skysamfreeman

                      That’s what I said dude. I said that Star Wars has never been about casting A list actors. Also stop with the Christensen defending. Most people, including me, think he’s awful. Blame Lucas all you want. He sucks in everything else too. There’s a reason why he doesn’t get any work.

                    • John Holmes

                      At worse, it’s a mixed reaction. At best, only a loud and vocal minority do (particularly those that listen to geek culture-centric click-bait sites that act like they speak for all fans and pop culture ).

                      Quit trying to pass of your opinion as some kind of truth because I see through the BS haters like you spew.

                    • skysamfreeman

                      HAHAHAHA! Dude, really? EVERY person I’ve ever talked to about the prequels thinks he’s a bad actor. These are casual moviegoers now. I’m not saying that people can’t enjoy him. What I’m saying is that most people don’t.

                    • John Holmes

                      Again, your opinion (and you’re probably actually talking to 40-year-old Gen-X losers who act like armchair filmmakers and talk like they know how his character should’ve been; you really think I’m going to believe someone like you that spews BS? Someone that is a geek/nerd that probably doesn’t known how to be social in real life anyway (*cough* hypocrite *coigh*)?). Again, vocal and loud minority. You and other haters just need to stop trying to argue with me because anything that you or other haters spew I and others that actually know what’s up aren’t going to believe you haters to begin with.

                    • skysamfreeman

                      You’re the one who jumped on me for criticizing someones acting and said you “reported” my comment. I think you’re the one with the social issues here. Episode II came out when I was 7 and even then I hated it. Was I a “hater” cause I found the movie inferior to the other films and didn’t enjoy it? I don’t care if people like the prequels. That’s fine. That’s your opinion. I legitimately like Episode I for a few reasons (mostly nostalgia) but I’m not going to fly off the handle when someone attacks it. I understand their criticisms and issues. I’m able to look past them cause I personally enjoy it. But to act like I’m some “hater” cause I legitimately don’t like a movie or actor is just ridiculous.

                    • John Holmes

                      Nah, you’re a hater. A true fan wouldn’t allow someone to step on them like that. Furthermore, a true fan wouldn’t be engaging in Gamergate-like behavior such as how most haters do on the Internet.

                      Furthermore, I doubt you were that young and are just making that up (and if you were, you were probably coerced and/or gave into peer pressure because that’s usually what happens with some young folks who are weak minded and don’t want to feel like they’re on the outsider perception-wise out of fear of being ridiculed by older folks; don’t even try to deny this because you know it’s true).

                      [and for the record, what you and I perceive of an actor and what people inside the Hollywood industry perceive of said actor are two separate things. HC has worked with many other well-known actors, before, during, and after SW, including Idris Elba, an actor featured in this article (and Rachel Bilson, his current gf)]

                    • skysamfreeman

                      Wow you’re absolutely insane. I don’t even know how to respond to this.

                    • John Holmes

                      Nope, I’m 29, with more wisdom and intelligence than you just by virtue of being older than you (if you really are as young as you say you are which in that case, you’re just some young punk whose parents didn’t educate you well in manners and thinks he’s better than everyone else in his age group).

                      And yeah, not only are you engaging in Gamergate-like behavior but also engaging in nerd/geek pretentious cinephile groupthink who reads nothing but pandering click-bait articles that really don’t speak for all SW fans (they’re written by people who aren’t actually true SW fans but by generic pop culture fans).

                      And actually, you’re the one that still has some growing up to do just by virtue of being younger than me (growing up both mentally and in maturity). Therefore, you’re the one losing the argument because I’m older than you (and I’m not easily influenced like you are). See how I use logic to run circles around haters like you?

                    • skysamfreeman

                      Dude you were doing so well. But you just made it really obvious that you were trolling me the whole time.

                    • Allen Gould

                      Dude, take a chill pill.

                    • Mr_Crankypants

                      Wait, hang on a sec there, bud. You like TPM for the “nostalgia”? Yet you were seven when AotC came out? So…nostalgia from when you were four? Sorry, the other dude is a freaking loon, but I’ve got to be calling bullshit on that one.

                    • skysamfreeman

                      I didn’t say nostalgia was the only reason I like TPM. I said it’s just a major factor. There are things in there that I like. Plus I watched TPM a lot as a kid. Never really found it boring or had the same problems with it that most people did. Of course now that I’m older I can understand these criticisms and issues. I’ve got a lot of great memories of ’02 around the time AOTC movie came out but I remember vividly sitting in that theater being bored out of my mind. Nothing in that movie entertained or grabbed me.

              • John Holmes

                Heck, even in SW he’s gotten positive awards.

                Haters can think what they want but but hey, haters gonna hate lol (or like that one saying goes, if you have haters, you must be doing something right).

                • John Holmes

                  Forgot to add this one

        • Allen Gould

          Dude John Holmes, take a chill pill.

      • TheAwesomerPrime

        #YesTheyAre

    • Mr_Crankypants

      #keephisingrubbyhandsoffhansolo

    • bbnyolc

      Ingruber can’t carry a movie. That’s quite obvious. Lucasfilm knows it and the directors know it.
      Not because he’s inexperienced, he’s lacking charisma.

      • Tordel Back

        There’s nothing wrong with Ingruber, but what are the odds that two men who look so similar could both play the same role successfully, in anything other than pure appearance. Acting is about a lot more than vocal or facial resemblance, otherwise impressionists and lookalikes would be undercutting A-list actors for every role.

    • TUD

      Thank a lot, this whole thread is just a bunch of hashtags now. Urgh.

      • Drool Bear

        #YourWelcome

  • Jason Knott

    How is the possibility of actors in a film, including the leads, even a “potential” spoiler? Chill out.

    • Steve00020

      When one of those actors might be playing Han Solo’s brother, it’s a potential spoiler.

  • Mr_Crankypants

    Idris Elba for everything.

  • John DiLillo

    Idris Elba is playing Han Solo? Crazy.

  • Alex Sebire

    Wonder how The Empire is going to look, as they are all but guaranteed to at the very least cameo in the film. If it’s 9 bby, does The Empire still have clones, Venator-Class Star Destroyers, ANH tech, a mix of both? Hmm…

    • nph53

      check out the tarkin novel, its around that point in the timeline.

      • Alex Sebire

        Read it, but alot can change in the space of four years.

  • Gerardo Perez Fonseca

    The PC forces at Disney will make Idris the new Han Solo

    • nph53

      ikr? how dare they put black people or women in star wars.

      • THE Sidon Ithano

        You do realize Han is canonically a white male right?

        • nph53

          i’m so glad you’re here to tell us these things. ;)

          • regeekery – JD

            no time to discuss this in a committee

            • TUD

              My people are starving!

        • Tordel Back

          You do realise that Han Solo is also canonically absolutely identical to Harrison Ford right? So canonically no other actor can play him, ever. And yet, here we are. Canonically.

          • THE Sidon Ithano

            You do realize that I was canonically saying the same thing to the gentleman above. So canonically you should talk to him.

        • Bifash

          No one is making Han Solo a black character, so I wish people would pipe down.

          • THE Sidon Ithano

            Never said they would. So pipe down right back at you.

  • nph53

    egerton seems like a stronger choice then any of the people that were listed previously. he doesn’t necessarily look like ford but really nobody does. just get the best acting fit.

    • TUD

      He can definitely PLAY Han. That might be worth sacrificing looks.