The giant hunt for the new Han Solo seems to be slowly drawing to a close, with Hail, Caesar! star Alden Ehrenreich reportedly emerging as the frontrunner to strap on that iconic vest last week. If he does nab the coveted role, he will do so after surviving an audition process that saw him measured up against countless other performers, from total unknowns to actors who have headlined their own movies, like Miles Teller and Taron Egerton.
One of the actors who auditioned for the role but didn’t make the cut was Now You See Me and Neighbors star Dave Franco. Now that he’s free of the process, he’s talking about it. Just a little bit.
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Posted on Wednesday, April 13th, 2016 by Angie Han
UPDATED: Deadline is reporting Hail, Caesar! standout Alden Ehrenreich has emerged as the frontrunner for the Han Solo movie. Our original story from March 15, 2016 follows.
As the 2018 release date for Phil Lord and Chris Miller‘s Han Solo spinoff inches ever closer, the list of potential leads has been getting smaller and smaller. The directors and studio Disney reportedly looked at thousands of young actors for the role, and as of earlier this year had started to narrow down the possibilities. Now they’re in the home stretch, as a final shortlist has emerged. Among those still in the running are Jack Reynor (Transformers: Age of Extinction), Taron Egerton (Kingsman: The Secret Service), and Alden Ehrenreich (Hail, Caesar!). Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016 by Angie Han
If you grew up worshipping at the twin altars of Indiana Jones and Han Solo, now’s a pretty great time to be alive. Not only did Star Wars: The Force Awakens bring back everyone’s favorite scruffy-looking nerf herder, we have a younger version of the character to look forward to in 2018. Meanwhile, Disney’s also just announced an Indiana Jones 5, due out in 2019.
So what does the man behind both iconic characters think of these recent developments? Harrison Ford has been making the talk show rounds recently to promote the home video release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and he’s spoken up about why he’s excited for Indiana Jones 5 and what advice he has for the next Han Solo. Read More »
Fantastic Four took a beating from critics, comic book fans, and most audiences last summer. Before Josh Trank‘s butchered film even opened in theaters, 20th Century Fox prematurely scheduled a sequel for next summer, a plan that has since been nixed. Leading up to Fantastic Four‘s release there were plenty of rumors regarding the troubled production, but we’ve heard little about the whole debacle since then.
Below, actor Miles Teller discusses Fantastic Four and the experience of auditioning for Han Solo.
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Posted on Tuesday, January 26th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
There will come a day when the human race doesn’t care about Star Wars. However, that day is long in the distance. That day is beyond our lifespans. You and me and everyone we know will be dust before the cyborgs and algorithms running the nation of Disney crunch the numbers and realize that the citizens of Future Earth are no longer interested in additional Star Wars movies.
So the news that Bob Iger, chairman and CEO of The Walt Disney Company, has revealed plans to make additional Star Wars movies after the 2019 release date of Star Wars: Episode 9 is a real “Well, duh” moment. What, did you think he spent $4 billion of his company’s money to buy Lucasfilm just to call it a day in a few years? Nope. Star Wars is forever. Star Wars will outlive you puny mortals.
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Posted on Monday, January 11th, 2016 by Angie Han
Harrison Ford is Han Solo, as much as any real person can embody any fictional character, and it’s tough to imagine anyone else stepping into the role after nearly 40 years. But with a “young Han Solo” spinoff in the works from Phil Lord and Chris Miller, the time has come for us to meet and hopefully fall for a different stuck-up, half-witted, scruffy-looking nerf herder.
The filmmakers have taken their time, reportedly looking at thousands of young actors for the part, and now they’ve finally started to narrow down their choices. Among those on the shortlist are Miles Teller, Ansel Elgort, Dave Franco, and Logan Lerman. Hit the jump for more on the Han Solo shortlist. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, January 5th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
Welcome back to Star Wars Bits, your regular source of sweet, nourishing, life-enriching Star Wars news! In today’s edition:
- Lawrence Kasdan teases his Han Solo movie.
- Fascinating work-in-progress Ralph McQuarrie art is revealed.
- Peter Mayhew reveals himself to be one stellar guy.
- Someone printed their own 24-inch Star Destroyer.
- Two Star Wars novels get new release dates.
- Luke Skywalker is on Twitter and he’s very lonely.
- The classic Star Wars movies re-cut into modern movie trailers.
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Posted on Friday, December 11th, 2015 by Jacob Hall
Would you look at that – Star Wars: The Force Awakens is less than a week away. Try to contain your excitement through this latest edition of Star Wars Bits, which includes:
- J.J. Abrams reveals the most disturbing Star Wars scene.
- Kathleen Kennedy teases Star Wars Episode VIII.
- Harrison Ford does not want to talk about the young Han Solo movie.
- Lawrence Kasdan is happy to talk about the young Han Solo movie.
- A collection of adorable Star Wars Facebook stickers.
- J.J. Abrams discusses his future involvement in the saga.
- James Corden and Chris Hardwick sing a Star Wars Christmas song for some reason.
- And more!
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Continuing my coverage from the Star Wars: The Force Awakens junket, today I bring you Lucasfilm chief Kathleen Kennedy, who helps to explain how the Star Wars anthology movies (i.e., the “A Star Wars Story” films) will be different from the Star Wars Saga movies. Along the way we might even learn something about the rumored Boba Fett movie. Hit the jump and learn how the Star Wars standalone movies will be different.
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