Young Han Solo casting is a ‘tough challenge’

By Karen May Regpala | 2 years ago
Young Han Solo casting is a ‘tough challenge’
Han Solo

“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” is officially here. While that is sure to be the frenzy for a few more weeks, it is already interesting to peek into the next Star Wars projects, which will have really huge shoes to fill of initial reviews are anything to go by. One of those that deserve some serious attention is the standalone Han Solo film.

Harrison Ford has always been Han Solo, from the first Star Wars movie in 1977 to the recently-released “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” But someone else is set to be the poster boy for the known and beloved smuggler as a standalone Han Solo film has already been confirmed. But with Ford bringing the said character to iconhood, how does the studio aim to equal — maybe even top — that?


It is a “really tough challenge,” Vulture quotes Han Solo film writer Lawrence Kasdan (who can also be credited for “The Force Awakens” screenplay). And it must really be, especially if the rumour turns out to be true that Disney and Lucasfilm have seen at least 2,500 actors for the role. While that looks like an alarming feat, there’s still no cause to panic. As Collider pointed out, the movie is not set to release in two to three years and has not even pinned an official title yet.

Kasdan explains further how they’re going about the Han Solo casting, “You want someone who isn’t going to be exactly like Harrison, you want someone who suggests him.”

He likened the process to adapting a book into a film. It’s not going to be word per word, he says.

“It’s like when you adapt a book, and I’ve adapted a couple: You don’t want to adapt it word for word, you want the essence to come through. With Harrison, though, it’s not easy to find someone with those kinds of qualities. He’s like Spencer Tracy, and what does a young Spencer Tracy look like?,” he adds.


The Han Solo film is scheduled to be the next anthology film after 2016’s “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.” It is tentatively pinned for 2018. In the meantime, Star Wars fans can still enjoy Harrison Ford’s Han Solo as “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” officially hits theatres this December 18.

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Karen is passionate about the little things she loves: books, journaling, writing, and anything Hello Kitty, FRIENDS, Harry Potter, Sherlock, Doctor Who, and Star Wars. She is totally devoted to her family and friends. She's a couch potato, a freelance writer, and a teacher (of sorts). A full-time princess and believer of true love, she hopes to make a change (even in the littlest way possible) and trusts in the power of forever and the law of attraction.