Rumors Hint at Han Solo and Chewbacca’s Tough Journey to Star Wars: The …

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10 actors who could play the young Han Solo.

There were many hidden clues to the plot of Star Wars: The Force Awakens in that three-minute reel of behind-the-scenes footage that debuted at Comic-Con this past weekend, but there were also plenty of random shots, context-free creatures, and unusual situations that merely left fans scratching their heads. On Tuesday the film world was rocked by the news that Christopher Miller and Phil Lord, the duo behind The Lego Movie and the two hit 21 Jump Street films, have been hired to direct a Star Wars spin-off movie centred on a young Han Solo. There were rumors the Shaun of the Dead star would be appearing in the background as a Stormtrooper, but he’s obviously a bulky creature of some sort. Thanks to Harrison Ford’s great performance, the wisecracking captain of the Millennium Falcon has become one of cinema’s most beloved characters. There’s that oft-repeated anecdote of Ford arguing with George Lucas about the Star Wars script: “You can type this shit, George,” Ford told him, “but you sure can’t say it.” Later, when Return of the Jedi rolled around, Ford notoriously lobbied Lucas to kill off his character, to no avail.

Fans were treated to the “concert for the fans” to celebrate Star Wars outside the convention centre, and according to Cinema Blend everyone was given a free light saber. Rumours have been circulating for months that Pratt (pictured above) is all but guaranteed to play Indiana Jones in a planned reboot for the series, so the idea of the actor playing another famous role originated by Harrison Ford seems like a bit of a stretch. What did he have against Han? “He was not so interesting to me,” Ford would explain in one interview, adding in another, “He’s certainly a much less interesting character than Indiana Jones,” before concluding, “He’s dumb as a stump.” Message received!

This candy-apple red crustacean-looking fellow is one of the denizens of the pirate lair run by Maz Kanata (played by Lupita Nyong’o.) At first, he (or she) appears to be humanoid, but in the video, the bottom of that mask opens up into a mouth that emits a distinctly inhuman sound. He currently stars in Jurassic World, the top film of the year so far, and broke out in last year’s Guardians of the Galaxy, the highest grossing film of 2014 in the US. Analysts are already declaring it a runaway box office hit, despite the fact that it doesn’t open for another five months and has not sold a single ticket. “Force Awakens will hit $1 billion without blinking,” box-office analyst Phil Contrino told The Hollywood Reporter in April. “If it’s really good, it could cross $2 billion.” That’s a good thing, as Disney chairman Alan Horn hinted to The Hollywood Reporter in 2014 that “Avengers”-style money was spent making it. “These large, tentpole kinds of movies, on the expensive side, are in the neighborhood of $175-200 million,” he said. “We need to give the audience, essentially, a full meal in return for their affection and devotion and love for these properties.” This is true. Perhaps it’s just an anonymous background figure, but the scarlet visage is striking and mysterious, in the same way Boba Fett once was — before we knew what was beneath the helmet. But despite the “Star Wars” franchise’s reputation for blockbusters, a $200 million investment in the Han Solo movie alone actually comes with some risks.

Which is why it was such a surprise yesterday when Ford was the final guest to take the stage at Comic-Con’s big Force Awakens panel, and instead of seeming ill at ease or like he’d rather be anywhere else, Ford spoke movingly about his participation in Star Wars and seemed to have turned a significant corner in his appreciation for it. “It should have felt ridiculous!” Ford barked, when asked about returning to the franchise. “Here I was, doing something I did so long ago.” I could feel the fans around me steeling themselves. Honestly, Pratt is probably a little too busy to pull this off, but there are undoubtedly plenty of fans who would love to see him take on this character. The director was the right director. “I was very gratified when I read the script because I read something that I thought was really remarkable, really well-written and with some very intriguing developments”, Ford said.

There’s something intimate but creepy about this pose, like the girl in the black-and-white jester outfit is some kind of pet — Salacious Crumb to his Jabba the Hutt. Despite strong performances in a number of films including Red State, The Brass Teapot, Sky High and the upcoming Stanford Prison Experiment, Angarano has yet to hit the big time. If you have an hour to kill and like amusing behind-the-scenes stories told by charming actors, live demonstrations of practical effects, and a whole bunch of subtle prequel trash-talking, this is the panel for you. “So I was delighted to be involved”.

It had taken almost four decades, but Harrison Ford has finally made peace with Star Wars! “I never thought it would come back to bless me rather than haunt me,” he continued, even as he acknowledged, “The original Star Wars that I was a part of really was the beginning of my working life.” And while I wouldn’t have believed it if I didn’t witness it myself, Ford then got choked up. The British star knows a thing or two about working in the blockbuster realm, having starred in Peter Jackson’s King Kong remake, the upcoming Fantastic Four reboot and Steven Spielberg’s computer-animated The Adventures of Tintin. Again, here’s an actor who just might be out of the age range that Lucasfilm may want for a Han Solo spin-off, but he could make for a decent charismatic, cocky smuggler. He is also a marvellously physical actor (see his breakout performance as a ballet dancer in Billy Elliot) and devilishly handsome — two traits that whoever plays Solo must possess.

Hot off a fantastic breakthrough performance in Kingsman: The Secret Service, this Welsh actor is prime for a major franchise role, and Han Solo just might do the trick. At one point in Hall H, Hamill brought up the chemistry between Luke and Leia, which began as an almost-romantic connection before the two discovered they were siblings and Leia ended up with Han. “When you find that the only woman you fell head over heels for is your sister, it tells you something,” laughed Hamill. “That must have been quite the traumatic experience, you know, because we were both after her.” He gestured to Ford, who responded by reaching over and rubbing Hamill’s shoulder as consolation. “How many times do I have to say I’m sorry?” said Ford, bringing the house down. Some have just begun shooting, some have just entered the development process and some are stalled indefinitely. “Rogue One” is the opening installment in the “Star Wars Anthology” series.

But this footage shows detailed shots of Daisy Ridley’s desert scavenger clumsily piloting the Falcon to liftoff — and no one is in the cockpit with her. And while you might have expected the unreformed Ford to hop on a plane immediately at the conclusion of his Comic-Con panel, the newly evangelized Star Wars fan actually stuck around, accompanying his cast to a concert of John Williams music from the franchise a few hours later. Those who saw the original 1977 “Star Wars” will remember the stolen plans for the evil Galactic Empire’s super-weapon, the Death Star, and “Rogue One” tells the story of the rebels who steal them. Mann emerged as arguably the biggest actor breakout of this year’s Sundance Film Festival thanks to his star-making turn as a film-obsessed loner in the event’s Grand Jury Prize and Audience award winner Me and Earl and the Dying Girl.

Disney chairman and CEO Bob Iger announced it in March at a shareholder meeting at San Francisco’s Palace of Fine Arts, conveniently located across the street from Lucasfilm. In recent years, could you have imagined the withering glare Ford would have given you if you’d suggested he so much as hold a cheesy toy lightsaber?

Gordon-Levitt has proven to be a very talented young actor, but so far his only franchise role was a supporting turn in The Dark Knight Rises (we’re trying to forget about G.I. Ford used to roll his eyes at Han Solo, but it turns out, they’ve got a lot more in common than he thought: Though they’re both rogues who only seem to be in it for themselves, you can never count out a surprise return in the third act that reveals just how much they really care.

He handled it beautifully by penning a first-person essay titled “Why I’m Torching the Colour Line” for Entertainment Weekly, and would probably have to do something similar if he were cast as Solo. While I admit his acting chops aren’t exactly up to par with many of the names on this list, he does have that young leading man look that Hollywood goes crazy for. Abrams, co-creator of “Lost” and director of the 2009 “Star Trek” reboot, is helming “The Force Awakens,” he will not return as director for the these sequels. But he proved he has what it takes to lead a movie in the recent thriller Escobar: Paradise Lost, by not getting blown off the screen by Benecio Del Toro, his chief adversary in the film.

You may not think much of Ansel Elgort since he’s best known for a role in the sappy romance The Fault in Our Stars, but I have a feeling our perception of the young actor will change once we see him in Edgar Wright’s next project Baby Driver. The rising star did a good job in the indie sci-fi flick The Signal, and since then he’s taken on the underwhelming adaptation of The Giver, and a supporting role in Maleficent.

In Jason Reitman’s live stage-reading of The Empire Strikes Back late last year, Page took on Solo, against Jessica Alba, who was tasked with playing Princess Leia. Eight months later, Disney purchased Lucasfilm, and shortly thereafter put the remaining 3D releases on hold. “Lucasfilm has decided to postpone this fall’s scheduled release of Episodes II and III in 3D,” the studio said to Entertainment Weekly. “Given the recent development that we are moving forward with a new Star Wars trilogy we will now focus 100 percent of our efforts on Star Wars: Episode VII in order to ensure the best possible experience for our fans.

We will post further information about our 3D release plans at a later date.” A strict interpretation of this statement leads one to believe that the 3D re-releases will resume at some point. The technology blog Gizmodo, on the other hand, decided not to go in that direction, and instead relayed this news with the colorful headline, “Lucasfilm Kills 3D Star Wars Re-Releases After Realizing It’s Horrible and Everyone Hates It.” When Disney bought Lucasfilm, “Star Wars” wasn’t the only franchise in the pot — there was also Indiana Jones. Teller has risen to fame rather quickly over the past few years, leading the Oscar-nominated Whiplash, leading fantastic indies like The Spectacular Now and also landing a lead franchise role in Fantastic Four. Even though he hasn’t been given much to do in The Hunger Games franchise, Liam Hemsworth is about to see plenty of action in Independence Day: Resurgence. Jack the Giant Slayer didn’t really pan out for Hoult, but the actor has proven that he’s fine in the franchise department in the X-Men prequel films, not to mention his wild role in Mad Max: Fury Road.

For some reason I feel like if you combined his character from Crazy Stupid Love with his character from Drive that you’d have a great blend of Han Solo. This actor has been mostly under the radar, starring in lower key releases like Tetro, Stoker and Blue Jasmine, but he did take a stab at young adult territory with Beautiful Creatures. It’s more than likely you’ve never even heard of this guy, but he just got done pulling off an eerily accurate portrayal of a young Harrison Ford in The Age of Adaline. While I will say he doesn’t seem terrible in the brief footage from Suicide Squad (with his native Aussie accent), I hope producers take another chance on Courtney when the stakes are so high.

I’m fine with giving him a chance to find the role that actually works (maybe it’s Suicide Squad), but it simply shouldn’t be someone as iconic as Han Solo. Since the movie doesn’t come out until 2018, we likely won’t get word on casting for the movie until next year at the earliest, so we’ll just have to wait patiently to see what happens.

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