Taron Egerton, Jack Reynor and Alden Ehrenreich Compete to Play Han Solo
The Force reportedly may be with one of these young men!
Alden Ehrenreich, 26 (“Blue Jasmine”), Jack Reynor, 24 (“Transformers: Age of Extinction”) and Taron Egerton, 26 (“Eddie the Eagle”) are in the running to star as Han Solo in Disney’s 2018 “Star Wars” spin-off, according to The Hollywood Reporter on Tuesday.
Approximately 2,500 actors have been turned down for the opportunity to fill Harrison Ford’s coveted shoes. The 73-year-old originated the role in George Lucas’ “Star Wars” (1974) and reprised the role in J.J. Abrams‘ “The Force Awakens” sequel last year.
The three said contenders each have pretty different backgrounds. Ehrenreich is a Los Angeles native who was apparently discovered by Steven Spielberg at a friend’s Bat Mitzvah. As the lead in the film “Beautiful Creatures,” the actor was nominated (but lost) for a Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Actor: Romance category.
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Reynor, an American-born, Irish-bred actor, is a bit lesser known than the other two men, but has still provided quality work (his role in the 2013 Irish drama “What Richard Did,” for example, led him to an IFTA award for Best Film Actor).
Egerton, a U.K.-based, Welsh-bred star-on-the-rise in his hometown, has appeared on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” and was featured in a handful of recent films.
Sources tell THR that tests involving these three actors took place over the weekend in London. Insiders also reveal that the list may not be limited to just these names, but there is a very high level of secrecy on all “Star Wars” projects.
Disney declined to comment to the outlet on the reports.