Young Han Solo Movie: 14 Actors Who May Be Cast as the ‘Star Wars’ Character

We’re still buzzing over the news that a young Han Solo movie may be on the horizon. For those who missed out, according to Entertainment Weekly, Disney has plans for two spin-off “Star Wars” movies: one based on the bounty hunter Boba Fett, the other on a young Han Solo.

So who could possibly fill Harrison Ford’s boots (and his driver’s seat in the Millennium Falcon)? Given the time when the spin-off will reportedly be set — between “Episode III: Revenge of the Sith” and “Episode IV: A New Hope” — young Han will either be in his teens or twenties. So, we put on our casting cap and came up with a few obvious (and not so obvious) casting possibilities. Let us know who you’d like to see as Han in the comments!

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  • Aaron Taylor-Johnson, 22

    He’s proven he can be a romantic lead in “Anna Karenina” and an action hero in “Kick-Ass.” Okay, so he got overshadowed by a little girl and Nicolas Cage in a Batsuit, but we’d still be willing to see what Taylor-Johnson would do behind the wheel of the Millennium Falcon.

  • Liam Hemsworth, 23

    The Aussie hunk is already committed to the “Hunger Games” franchise, but who says you can only have one? If Liam were cast as young Solo, the Internet will endlessly debate who’d win in a fight: Han or Thor (who’s played by Liam’s even hunkier brother, Chris).

  • Garret Hedlund, 28

    The star of “Tron: Legacy” is certainly handsome enough to remind us of a young Han Solo, but we doubt there’ll be any threesomes in space (sorry, “On the Road” fans). It also may be tough for him to join the franchise, since he’s already committed to the “Tron” sequel.

  • Logan Lerman, 21

    Lerman’s played the hero in “Three Musketeers,” but we see him as more of a Luke Skywalker type than a rascally scoundrel. However, if young Han requires a lot more innocence than what we’ve seen previously, Lerman could be the guy.

  • Alden Ehrenreich, 23

    The star of the upcoming “Beautiful Creatures” is sure to gain a huge following after the movie opens on Feb. 14. The lead role in the fantasy romance is one that shows some of Han’s irreverence, derring-do, humor and, of course, flair for wearing down the resistance of a girl he likes.

  • Jake Abel, 25

    Lerman’s “Percy Jackson & The Lightning Thief” co-star was also in “I Am Number Four” and will play Ian in the upcoming sci-fi flick “The Host,” based on the book by “Twilight” author Stephenie Meyers. “Supernatural” fans will remember him as Adam, Sam and Dean’s half-brother, which means he’s more than a little bit badass.

  • Scott Eastwood, 26

    Even though he’s got one of the most famous names in Hollywood, Clint’s easy-on-the-eyes son is still kind of an unknown. So far, we’ve only seen him in a few films, like “Texas Chainsaw 3D” and small roles in his dad’s films, including “Gran Torino,” “Flags of Our Fathers” and “Trouble With the Curve.”

  • Kit Harington, 26

    The British actor who plays bastard Jon Snow on “Game of Thrones” is one we’d like to see more of. But he’s committed to three upcoming films — including the lead in “Pompeii” and might not be able to squeeze in a film as big as “Star Wars.”

  • Dave Franco, 27

    He’s yet to match the fame of his brother James, but Dave is hitting his stride with “21 Jump Street” and “Warm Bodies” in which we’ve seen he could pull off Han’s trademark snark and wit.

  • Emile Hirsch, 27

    Hirsch has shown his acting chops in the intense real-life-inspired drama “Into the Wild,” and has lately favored indie fare like “Milk,” and “Killer Joe.” He went mainstream with “Speed Racer,” but it flopped so badly it might have scared him off big-budget CGI films for good.

  • Max Irons, 27

    The English actor (his dad is Oscar-winner Jeremy Irons) will make up one-third of the love triangle in the upcoming “The Host.” He also starred in the horrible “Red Riding Hood,” but we’ll overlook that.

  • Shia LaBeouf, 26

    We know, we know, but this <em>could</em> be a possibility: He’s already played Indiana Jones’s son, so would a role as the young Han Solo be such a stretch? LaBeouf also played a smartass and stood up to killer robots in the “Transformer” series, so by comparison, Boba Fett wouldn’t look so tough. His offscreen bad boy persona could work against his being cast, though. (Also, that whole thing about only wanting to act in indie movies from now on might make him disqualified.)

  • Dane DeHaan, 27

    We’ll be seeing a lot more of the “Chronicle” star since his upcoming slate includes “Kill Your Darlings,” “The Place Beyond the Pines” and “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” as Harry Osborn. Is there room in there for a turn as Han?

  • Rupert Friend, 31

    The British hunk played a cad in “Pride and Prejudice” opposite Keira Knightley, so we know he’s got “charming” and “scoundrel” down pat. And as a Black Ops on “Homeland,” we’ve seen he can do tough as well.


We’re still buzzing over the news that a young Han Solo movie may be on the horizon. So who could possibly fill Harrison Ford’s boots (and his driver’s seat in the Millennium Falcon)? Given the ti…

We’re still buzzing over the news that a young Han Solo movie may be on the horizon. So who could possibly fill Harrison Ford’s boots (and his driver’s seat in the Millennium Falcon)? Given the ti…

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