WARNING: This story contains major spoilers from "Star Wars: The Force Awakens." Do NOT continue reading unless you watched the movie.
In 2018, "Star Wars" fans will get to see the roots of their favorite "scoundrel" of the universe, when the second "Star Wars Anthology" film, the untitled Han Solo movie, premieres. The list of potential actors to play a younger version of the movie icon, played by Harrison Ford, was revealed Monday, and a final decision on who will be the next to pilot the Millennium Falcon will be announced soon.
According to Variety, the list of potential actors to play the beloved "Star Wars" character in an upcoming prequel film has been trimmed down to about a dozen. The list includes "Whiplash" star Miles Teller, Dave Franco, "Divergent" star Ansel Elgort, Jack Reynor and Scott Eastwood. Logan Lerman, Emory Cohen and Blake Jenner are also in the running. A decision on who will get the part will be decided in a few weeks.
The casting for Solo is being done sooner rather than later because of the possibility of a cameo in the upcoming "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story." "Rogue One" will tell the story of a group of Rebels who steal the plans to the Empire's Death Star between "Episode III" and "Episode IV."
While many fans were saddened by the death of Solo in "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," there is still more of his story to be told. In July 2015, Disney revealed that the untitled movie would be about how a young Solo became "the smuggler, thief and scoundrel" that was first introduced in "Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope." The film will be directed by Christopher Miller and Phil Lord and the screenplay was written by Lawrence Kasdan and his son Jon Kasdan.
Lawrence Kasdan co-wrote the screenplays for "The Empire Strikes Back," "Return of the Jedi" and "The Force Awakens." "Star Wars" producer Kathleen Kennedy said she believes the Kasdans are "the perfect team to handle the task."
"Larry and Jon know all there is to know about the character, and Chris and Phil will bring their wit, style, energy and heart to tell Han’s story.”
The untitled Han Solo movie is scheduled to be released on May 25, 2018.