Los Angeles, Mar 16: Jack Reynor of “Transformers: Age of Extinction” fame, “The Kingsman” actor Taron Egerton and “Hail, Caesar!” star Alden Ehrenreich are reportedly in the final race for the part of young Han Solo, which will debut in the upcoming “Star Wars” spin-off. Last weekend in London, tests were conducted involving Ehrenreich, Reynor and Egerton for the role, whose older version is played by Harrison Ford.Also Read - Taron Egerton eyes future James Bond role
Sources say there could be a few other names on the list, though due to the high level of secrecy on all Star Wars projects, it’s hard to ascertain them, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Disney declined to comment. Those who tested, and it’s unclear if these were costume tests or screen tests, were plucked from a previous group of around 10 actors who met with the directors. Also Read - Part of me wants to be Leonardo DiCaprio: Taron Egerton
Among the names whispered to have met are “Whiplash” star Miles Teller and Ansel Elgort of “Fault in Our Stars” star. Emory Cohen, who played Saoirse Ronan’s love interest in the Oscar-nominated “Brooklyn”, also tested. Actors from Richard Linklater’s new movie “Everybody Wants Some” also had meetings, according to sources.(Also Read: ‘Star Wars’ may feature gay character: J J Abrams) Also Read - 'Kingsman 2' will go international, says Taron Egerton
The spin-off movie is being made by Disney, Lucasfilm and filmmakers Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (’21 Jump Street’, ‘The Lego Movie’) and scheduled for 2018. Ford’s swaggering Solo is considered a standout character of the seven-film “Star Wars” series. The 73-year-old actor’s appearance as Solo in The Force Awakens was a major factor in the movie?s critical and commercial success.