Posted on Wednesday, July 15th, 2015 by Ethan Anderton
With news surfacing that The LEGO Movie and 21 Jump Street directors Phil Lord & Chris Miller will be at the helm of a new Star Wars Anthology film focusing on a young Han Solo, everyone is wondering just who will play the charismatic smuggler.
Harrison Ford made the role iconic in the original Star Wars trilogy, and he’ll be reprising the role in The Force Awakens. But Ford can’t play a young version of the character without extensive visual effects, so some younger actor is going to have to get in the cockpit of the Millennium Falcon. The question is who can pull it off?
We’ve rounded up some possibilities, some likely, some not, and some more preferable than others. Check out our list of 20 Actors Who Should Play Han Solo after the jump!
Let’s just get this one out of the way now. Honestly, Pratt is probably a little too busy to pull this off, but there are undoubtedly plenty of fans who would love to see him take on this character. I’m hesitant to say that it would be a smart move, since Star-Lord from Guardians of the Galaxy is already a little Han Solo, and so is Owen Grady in Jurassic World. Pratt’s also been rumored to play Indiana Jones in the future, too, and that just might be too much for Pratt to add Han Solo into the mix.
Again, here’s an actor who just might be out of the age range that Lucasfilm may want for a Han Solo spin-off, but he could make for a decent charismatic, cocky smuggler. But much like Chris Pratt, his Captain Kirk in Star Trek has some Han Solo traits, so this might just be a little too similar to what Pine has already accomplished in sci-fi for it to be a good casting decision.
Hot off a fantastic breakthrough performance in Kingsman: The Secret Service, this Welsh actor is prime for a major franchise role, and Han Solo just might do the trick. Egerton shows a lot of promise for a flourishing career, and taking a role in Star Wars would be huge. In Kingsman, Egerton showed that he can handle action, has the right attitude, and makes for a believable hero. He seems to have a little scoundrel in him too.
After already giving a commendable turn as a young Bruce Willis in Looper, maybe it’s time to see if he can pull of a young Harrison Ford as well. Gordon-Levitt has proven to be a very talented young actor, but so far his only franchise role was a supporting turn in The Dark Knight Rises (we’re trying to forget about G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra). And since we never got to see him realized as the replacement hero of Gotham, this would be a good follow-up.
While I admit his acting chops aren’t exactly up to par with many of the names on this list, he does have that young leading man look that Hollywood goes crazy for. Sadly his turn in TRON Legacy didn’t do him any favors, and Pan doesn’t look like it’s going to have much of an impact either. But that doesn’t mean that he’s not a viable candidate for the role, whether fans actually want to see him as Han Solo or not.