STAR WARS: Ranking Disney’s Finalists For The Role Of Han Solo In New Film
You know that whole Star Wars fever thing that has basically taken over every aspect of our daily lives for the last month? Well Disney plans to keep that going.
Those plans include a 2018 standalone film centered around the life of a 20-something Han Solo; which is the perfect way to continue to capitalize on the popularity of probably the most beloved human character in the franchise, even after killing him off in the first installment of the new trilogy.
According to multiple internet sources, Disney has narrowed their list for the new Solo down to "about" 12 finalists; after reportedly mulling over at least 2,500 actors. If this list of guys doesn't get you excited about a fresh face for Han Solo then you're an emotionless robot. Still, there are definitely some finalists that seem like better picks than others.
There's also a rumor that the new Solo could have a quick cameo in the 2016 Star Wars spinoff Rogue One, which will feature entirely new characters that are removed completely from the Skywalker storyline of the main films. Rogue One is supposed to be set in the time period after Episode III and before Episode IV, which would make sense because the new Solo would be about 7-10 years younger than he was in the very first Star Wars film, in which Harrison Ford was already in his mid-thirties.
If the cameo rumor is legit (which we hope it is, obv) then we could have our new Solo very soon! ::claps excitedly:: So clearly, it is my solemn duty to rank these finalists in hopes that it gets passed along to Disney; who will carefully consider my arbitrary opinion, of course.
Without further ado, here are eight finalists we know of, ranked in order of worst to best.
8. Logan Lerman
Where you know him from: The Percy Jackson films (2010, 2013), Perks of Being A Wallflower (2012), Fury (2014)
Pros: The Percy Jackson movies are action adventure, so he definitely has the personality to carry a character with that adventurous spirit. He's also accessed the more tender and raw side of his acting at a young age, in major films no less, which makes him probably one of the more versatile choices.
Cons: Physically, he just misses the mark. He's handsome, but his features are just too different from the rough, every-man handsomeness of young Harrison Ford. He has dark hair, pale skin and striking blue eyes. None of that is Han Solo-esque. That would be fine if the film weren't set as a prequel to Episode IV, but the leap from Lerman to Ford is just too much for me.
7. Scott Eastwood
Where you know him from: Texas Chainsaw 3D (2013), The Longest Ride (2015), also Fury (2014)
Pros: Hes undeniably good looking with a fair amount of natural, frontier ruggedness that would translate well to the Solo role. He's also very good at coping with the fame monster and the burden that the role would bring, considering he's the child of Clint Eastwood.
Cons: If you're going to choose a guy who possesses that level of rugged beauty, you really have to go Hemsworth. Chris is too old at 32; but Liam is 25 and has perfected that look, and comes with the perk of being a better actor than Eastwood, who is probably the most untested in terms of real leading role material outside of Blake Jenner.
6. Blake Jenner
Where you know him from: Glee (2012-2015) Supergirl (2016)
Pros: With Jenner we're getting closer to the more 'hot dude at the bar' look; flawed yet still definitely more attractive than most of the people around him. Plus he has that almost weirdly prominent jaw that bodes well for a Harrison Ford comparison.
Cons: He has absolutely zero acting experience relative to the other finalists. He spent four years on Glee after winning a role on the show, and other than that, he's done very little. Seriously, look at his IMDB page. Sure, Star Wars films have a habit of creating stars out of little known actors, but I'd kind of prefer that my new Han have some kind of real film experience under his belt.
5. Dave Franco
Where you know him from: 21 Jump Street (2012), Now You See Me (2013), Neighbors (2014)
Pros: Franco has a proven track record of really nailing roles that require quick wit and sarcasm, and in his most memorable roles, he actually elevates the energy and performance of the other actors in scenes with him. More than anyone on this list, he would be the best at supporting newer, younger actors that star with him in the film. That's to say, if Star Wars were to stray from picking an unknown actor, the payoff would be there in that regard with Franco.
Cons: He's extremely physically attractive, but like Lerman, has a look that might be took unique to be believable as the predecessor to the Han Solo we know and love. Plus, despite the fact that he does look younger than he is, his age could be an issue. Once filming begins, he'll really only be two or three years younger than Ford was in A New Hope.
4. Emory Cohen
Where you know him from: The Place Beyond the Pines (2012), Brooklyn (2015)
Pros: Cohen is definitely the most critically lauded up-and-comer on the list after his performance in the acclaimed film Brooklyn put him on the radar of A-Listers everywhere. He's also still unknown enough (for now) to be a fresh face as Solo, while still having already proven himself as a serious actor.
Cons: That whole unknown thing may not last long. His IMDB page shows that he already has five major films in post-production for 2016. Which is not to say that skyrocketing to fame couldn't work in his favor (see: Chris Pratt) but it definitely makes you think twice. There's also the fact that he may actually be a little too "regular guy" looking to pull off the Solo vibe. Hes cute. But I don't know if he can deliver the necessary raw sexuality of a young, cocky intergalactic pilot.
3. Jack Reynor
Where you know him from: What Richard Did (2012), Transformers: Age Of Extinction (2014), Macbeth (2015)
Pros: Jack Reynor is my pick for dark horse. In the matter of a year, he fought Decepticons and also recited FREAKING SHAKESPEARE. That's awesome. Plus, his performance in the Transformers film was actually really entertaining. He dominated every scene he was in with a dry, unassailable charisma that overshadowed Mark Wahlberg in every exchange they had. Plus, are we seeing this leather jacket he's wearing in the pic?
Cons: There aren't many in my opinion, but one of them could be his role in the Transformers franchise. People certainly can cross over into multiple franchises, but the intense Star Wars people may have a hard time embracing an actor that has already established himself in the Michael Bay blockbusters.
2. Ansel Elgort
Where you know him from: The Divergent Series (2014, 2015), The Fault In Our Stars (2014)
Pros: Elgort is probably the biggest heartthrob on the list in terms of how teens and tweens feel about him. He's recognizable in that demographic, but also has the acting chops (he started out in stage acting) to impress the older generations of Star Wars fans. Also, he and Han Solo are straight up hair twins. That hair screams Solo in every single way. His age is also a plus, as he's the youngest of the guys on this list and therefore could best sell the "Han before you knew him" thing.
Cons: He's a little bit pretty. I totally buy him as a young, vibrant rebel in the Divergent films but I'm not sure he has that rugged, disgruntled thing that we talked about earlier. He seems more clean, sleek Star Trek than dirty, scrappy Star Wars.
1. Miles Teller
Where you know him from: The Spectacular Now (2013), That Awkward Moment (2014) Whiplash (2014)
Pros: Let me straight up admit that I'm obsessed with Mi-Tell, and have been for a few years now. So I realize that there is bias in my pick here. Honestly though, Teller is Hollywood's newest and most promising leading man type. He has a kind of John Cusack thing going on for sure, although he is more classically handsome and has some seriously gnarly scars that add grit to his look. He's hilarious and sharp-witted when the time calls for it, but is capable of digging deep to deliver in more emotional and complex roles; as you saw in last year's Whiplash.
Cons: He is more mature looking than most of the other guys, which may present the same timeline-believability issue that Franco could run into.
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