Note to Disney: Young Han Solo should not look like he belongs in a boy band

posted at 5:21 pm on January 11, 2016 by Allahpundit

To cleanse the palate, nothing good can come of this.

Except for Disney executives, who’ll finally be able to buy those second yachts they’ve had their eyes on.

Disney and Lucasfilm are inching closer to finding their young Han Solo for the upcoming untitled “Star Wars” spinoff.

Sources tell Variety that after seeing thousands of actors, execs have cut the list down to about a dozen actors with Miles Teller, Ansel Elgort, Dave Franco, Jack Reynor, Scott Eastwood, Logan Lerman, “Brooklyn” star Emory Cohen and “Everybody Wants Some” actor Blake Jenner among the names making the cut…

The film does not shoot until next January, but sources close to the situation say the reason for such an early decision has more to do with another “Star Wars” film currently shooting, rather than the untitled “Han Solo” pic. While insiders were unable to confirm, the new Solo could have a small cameo in “Rogue One: A Star Wars” before appearing in his own standalone pic.

I couldn’t pick any of those people out of a line-up, which itself seems disqualifying for a character as iconic as Han. If forced to choose I’d pick Eastwood, purely because his pedigree suggests he’d have some inborn handle on what Han is about — allthough, thinking about it further, Han Solo and The Man With No Name are about as different personality-wise as cowboys can be. Anyway, I think there’s an unspoken assumption among fans (not just of “Star Wars” but in any film genre) that the greater a character’s stature is, the more stature a new actor playing him should bring to the role. It’s not just about playing the part well, it’s about respecting the character’s cultural reach by refusing to entrust him to any old schmo. I’ve always thought that was a problem with casting Hayden Christensen as Anakin. It’s not that he was terrible, it’s that he wasn’t fantastic, which is what you need to be to answer the doubt in viewers’ minds that a nobody should forever be associated in our cultural memory with Darth Farking Vader. In hindsight, had they gone out and gotten Leonardo DiCaprio or Matt Damon or some other respected young A-list actor for the part, the prequels would probably enjoy a *somewhat* — emphasis on “somewhat” — better reputation than they do now. Is Dave Franco or Logan Lerman going to make you think, “Make room, Harrison”?

The supposition going into a film about young Han Solo will be “there’s only one Han,” but Disney doesn’t care about that because they’ve got a few billion dollars’ worth of gold sitting in the cultural soil, just waiting to be mined by a string of new movies. You need an A-lister for total fan satisfaction but you don’t need one to get their money. Better to get someone who’s young than really famous: They’ll be more willing to commit to a series of movies; they’ll avoid the problem of the new Han quickly aging past Ford circa Episode IV; and they’ll ideally appeal to a younger generation of “Star Wars” fans, which is where the long-term box office is. It may be, frankly, that there simply aren’t any twentysomething A-list actors nowadays with the sort of louche, winking leading-man charm that Ford brought to the role. The closest thing might be Chris Pratt, who’s already older than Ford was when the original “Star Wars” was made. As it is, click on the Variety link up top and look at the photo; those guys look like they should be trying out for One Direction, not for the guy who pilots the Millennium Falcon. Frankly, even if you could land an actor with the appropriate stature to play Han, I think the whole idea of a backstory is flawed. Who wants to see Han Solo, the formative years? The whole appeal of the character is that he’s a heroic archetype, the daring yet good-hearted outlaw whom lesser men can only aspire to be. You don’t become someone like that, you just are. A movie about his youth would be like a “Rhett Butler, the college years” prequel to “Gone With the Wind.”

Look on the bright side, though. If “Kingdom of the Crystal Skull” had been well received, LaBoeuf would probably be a lock for this part. Thank heaven for small favors.


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Han Bieber.

Let that sink in.

portlandon on January 11, 2016 at 5:27 PM

That list is a joke. None of those actors look anything like Harrison Ford and half of them are barely taller than Joe Pesci. Go with an unknown. It worked out great with Daisy Ridley.

Doughboy on January 11, 2016 at 5:27 PM

Note to Disney: Young Han Solo should not look like he belongs in a boy band a cracka.

Obviously, unless Disney choses a black, mulatto, or Asian, gay trannie muslim for the role – they are RACIST! – HOMOPHOBIC! – TRANSPHOBIC! – ISLAMOPHOBIC!, “white slavers”.

Hey Disney – STOP the H8!!!!!!

Pork-Chop on January 11, 2016 at 5:33 PM

This will go over just like X-Men Origins.

RickB on January 11, 2016 at 5:34 PM

Vin Diesel. And his back story should be that hes from a lost planet, the last of his legendary species of alien who can see in the dark. He’s a dangerous murder yet sometimes heroic good-guy. Fighting for survival and fiercely loyal to any who will stand with him (though they are few).

DocNathan on January 11, 2016 at 5:35 PM

choses

chooses

Pork-Chop on January 11, 2016 at 5:35 PM

They should make him look like he belongs to a Girl Scout Troop.

Transhansolosexual.

I think McKenzie J. Franklin is available to play the part.

Nomennovum on January 11, 2016 at 5:37 PM

Who? What?

IDontCair on January 11, 2016 at 5:38 PM

Scott Eastwood

Scott Eastwood would be perfect. Good looking; pedigree, actually looks like his Dad from some angles; bears a passing resemblance to Solo from others; masculine.

Joseph K on January 11, 2016 at 5:39 PM

Obviously, unless Disney choses a black, mulatto, or Asian, gay trannie muslim for the role – they are RACIST! – HOMOPHOBIC! – TRANSPHOBIC! – ISLAMOPHOBIC!, “white slavers”.
Hey Disney – STOP the H8!!!!!!
Pork-Chop on January 11, 2016 at 5:33 PM

“Hannah Solo: The Early Years, Before Gender Reassignment”

Marcola on January 11, 2016 at 5:39 PM

Jaden Smith! Han Solo in a Louis Vuitton skirt.

Marcola on January 11, 2016 at 5:42 PM

Casting call:

homosexual (at least bi-sexual)

bi or tri-racial (25% black will do)

vegetarian (Vegan might be too much)

mjbrooks3 on January 11, 2016 at 5:43 PM

Anthony Ingruber gets my vote. He actually played a younger Harrison Ford in the recent film The Age of Adaline, and does a pretty fair impression of Han Solo on Youtube.

Buckshot Bill on January 11, 2016 at 5:47 PM

It’s Disney. Y’all are lucky that Mickey’s not waving a light saber around.

trigon on January 11, 2016 at 5:51 PM

Anthony Ingruber’s Han Solo Impression. Not too bad for a 16 year old (he’s 25 now).

Buckshot Bill on January 11, 2016 at 5:51 PM

Hey, here’s a thought. Come up with some new material.

S. D. on January 11, 2016 at 5:53 PM

Well as a person who was into Star Wars as a kid (for me that’s the 80s, 90s) I have already a bunch of stuff about his early adventures. These movies won’t hold a candle to that.

Sammo21 on January 11, 2016 at 5:53 PM

Well. Those gentlemen certainly look… shall we say… “metrosexual”.

Maybe there was more going on between a young Han and Lando than we suspected.

Magicjava on January 11, 2016 at 5:55 PM

Pick both of them make it Han Duet.

Redstone on January 11, 2016 at 5:56 PM

Who’s the dweeb in the middle (right side in the HA pic))?

Anyway, all three look like losers.

Dusty on January 11, 2016 at 5:56 PM

Mark Hamill sure didn’t age well.

Cindy Munford on January 11, 2016 at 5:57 PM

Star Wars VII (The Force Awakens) = Star Wars IV (A New Hope). They made the same freaking movie!!! Their lack of imaginative effort astounds, failing even to imagine use of imagination.

Star Wars is dead to me.

exdeadhead on January 11, 2016 at 5:58 PM

Is Bryan Singer casting it?

Redstone on January 11, 2016 at 5:58 PM

Pick both of them make it Han Duet.

[Redstone on January 11, 2016 at 5:56 PM]

LOL. They could take the “Stuck On You” route. That’ll do the trick of also making the aliens somehow more normal.

Dusty on January 11, 2016 at 6:01 PM

It’s hard to do a young man that doesn’t look kind of pretty. Eastwood would appear to be the age of Han in the original movies, so he might be a touch old. But cuter than the rest.

Cindy Munford on January 11, 2016 at 6:02 PM

Mark Hamill sure didn’t age well.

Cindy Munford on January 11, 2016 at 5:57 PM

He had a car accident that really screwed up his face, what you now see is the the results of plastic surgery.

RickB on January 11, 2016 at 6:02 PM

casting Hayden Christensen as Anakin. It’s not that he was terrible, it’s that he wasn’t fantastic

If the casting intent was find someone who would make the character of Anakin the most extremely annoying personality possible, then they struck gold.

It was a blessed relief when he finally made the transition to Vader.

s1im on January 11, 2016 at 6:04 PM

RickB on January 11, 2016 at 6:02 PM

I did not know that. Now I feel bad.

Cindy Munford on January 11, 2016 at 6:05 PM

I get the feeling AP spends a lot of time thinking about this sort of thing.

Lolo on January 11, 2016 at 6:05 PM

Anthony Ingruber’s Han Solo Impression. Not too bad for a 16 year old (he’s 25 now).

Buckshot Bill on January 11, 2016 at 5:51 PM

That kid did resemble him. If I were young Anthony, I’d be knocking on Disney’s door right now.

Fallon on January 11, 2016 at 6:07 PM

They could take the “Stuck On You” route.

Definitely a classic.

Redstone on January 11, 2016 at 6:08 PM

I’m (almost) 32 years old, not exactly the target audience for most Disney channel shows or boy bands, and I know who 5 of the 8 listed are, and could pick them out (Miles Teller and Ansel Elgort in the picture). Miles Teller was in the critically acclaimed and Oscar nominated film Whiplash last year. I think he would do the role justice. I like Scott Eastwood, can’t quite see him doing the role, mostly because he looks too much like his dad, and I can’t quite see Clint Eastwood as Han Solo. I think Ansel Elgort would work well too, and he has the advantage of being a little younger than the others mentioned.

Husker Conservative on January 11, 2016 at 6:12 PM

Disney doesn’t care about that because they’ve got a few billion dollars’ worth of gold sitting in the cultural soil, just waiting to be mined by a string of new movies. You need an A-lister for total fan satisfaction but you don’t need one to get their money.

Disney has a long history of hiring second-raters in order to save money.

bgoldman on January 11, 2016 at 6:13 PM

After watching the new movie I have lost all respect for the fictional character Han Solo. Anything he may have accomplished in the prior movies was completely undone in the new one.

Dr. Frank Enstine on January 11, 2016 at 6:15 PM

Go with an unknown. It worked out great with Daisy Ridley.

Doughboy on January 11, 2016 at 5:27 PM

Note Bene: In 1977 Carrie, Mark, and Harrison were relative unknowns to the wider audience. One of the few things George got right.

I’d say Disney would be very hard pressed to develop a character who smuggles loot, and both takes care of himself and shoots first. It wouldn’t be PC at all these days.

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on January 11, 2016 at 6:18 PM

Well. Those gentlemen certainly look… shall we say… “metrosexual”.

Maybe there was more going on between a young Han and Lando than we suspected.

Magicjava on January 11, 2016 at 5:55 PM

Nahy, I read the story of the young Solo. He won the Falcon from Lando during a card game. His relationship with him pretty much started and ended with the card game.

Dr. Frank Enstine on January 11, 2016 at 6:20 PM

These guys aren’t even tough enough to play Hope Solo.

Flange on January 11, 2016 at 6:25 PM

This would be infinitely more powerful if they establish Hans as transmale by casting a woman in the role.

wdomburg on January 11, 2016 at 6:35 PM

Why does it matter? You’re still going to pay $20 to watch the movie, AllahP — and you’re still going to convince yourself it wasnt a waste.

Jedditelol on January 11, 2016 at 6:41 PM

…or the Affluenza Kid either.

viking01 on January 11, 2016 at 6:42 PM

Chaz Solo?

viking01 on January 11, 2016 at 6:45 PM

Put a beanie cap and lip gloss on Sean Penn and he could pass as young Han.

Limerick on January 11, 2016 at 6:52 PM

Frankly, even if you could land an actor with the appropriate stature to play Han, I think the whole idea of a backstory is flawed. Who wants to see Han Solo, the formative years? The whole appeal of the character is that he’s a heroic archetype, the daring yet good-hearted outlaw whom lesser men can only aspire to be. You don’t become someone like that, you just are. A movie about his youth would be like a “Rhett Butler, the college years” prequel to “Gone With the Wind.”

Got it in one. Disney is trying to take away the magic that is Han Solo. We have no idea who, what, where, when or how. He just is. All we need to know about him is that he drew first. That totally establishes the character. Nothing else is needed. (I might add, that although everyone knows he is “Corellian”, he is only identified as so in the novelization of the first movie. And the only thing we know about Corell is that it appears to build really good, big space ships.)

catsandbooks on January 11, 2016 at 7:00 PM

When did Han acquire Moochelle as his sidekick?

viking01 on January 11, 2016 at 7:07 PM

Vin Diesel. And his back story should be that hes from a lost planet, the last of his legendary species of alien who can see in the dark. He’s a dangerous murder yet sometimes heroic good-guy. Fighting for survival and fiercely loyal to any who will stand with him (though they are few).

DocNathan on January 11, 2016 at 5:35 PM

I AM GROOT

dmacleo on January 11, 2016 at 7:11 PM

bigger market for Disney: undersexed diehard Star Wars nerds -or- tweenage girls + middle-aged cougars

This ain’t hard (to see coming)

Jedditelol on January 11, 2016 at 7:14 PM

Well they sure as hell made a huge error with casting Kylo Ren. Didn’t look anything like a Solo-Leia child would, and as a skinny little dweeb had no menace. Would’ve fit in in Harry Potter, not Star Wars. So I don’t have high hopes for this.

Iblis on January 11, 2016 at 7:24 PM

I couldn’t pick any of those people out of a line-up, which itself seems disqualifying for a character as iconic as Han.

Actually, the lesser-known the better. If an actor has charisma and presence, he’ll do better if he doesn’t bring any previous associations. A blank slate is good here. But my god, he has to be a man. Everyone on that list is a boy.

On looks, Anthony Ingruber is a great suggestion by Buckshot Bill.

I could also see Garrett Hedlund. A great actor but not well known. Might be a little old, though, at 31.

It’s about the attitude more than the looks.

ThanksMo on January 11, 2016 at 7:24 PM

And given the way things are going PC wise, they’ll probably cast Solo as a black guy.

Iblis on January 11, 2016 at 7:25 PM

My pick would be Anthony ingruber. He played a young Harrison Ford in age of adaline and he even has YouTube clips of him doing a spectacularly spot on han solo. If not I would give it to miles teller. He’s probably one of the best young actor around. His work in whiplash was Oscar worthy. But honestly just let Chris Pratt do it. The guy is han solo. A younger Nathan fillion.

Emett_the_great on January 11, 2016 at 7:47 PM

Well they sure as hell made a huge error with casting Kylo Ren. Didn’t look anything like a Solo-Leia child would, and as a skinny little dweeb had no menace. Would’ve fit in in Harry Potter, not Star Wars. So I don’t have high hopes for this.

Iblis on January 11, 2016 at 7:24 PM

This, exactly…shouted a thousand times from my rooftop. I said it before here that he looked like some dweeb who won a ‘be a character in the new Star Wars movie’ contest.

James on January 11, 2016 at 8:07 PM

No, to Miles Teller. Great in Whiplash–and even convincingly conniving and unlikable in X-ergent series as a sniveling assw—. It’s for this vivid memory, that I wouldn’t want to see him as Solo.

Axeman on January 11, 2016 at 8:08 PM

Justin Bieber as Han Solo.
Kim Kardashian as a clonally reborn, re-engineered Princess Leia.
And Sean Penn as Jabba the Hutt.
Hilarity ensues.
Free sickness bag with every ticket sold!

orangemtl on January 11, 2016 at 8:33 PM

Star Wars The Force Awakens sucked every bit as much as The Phantom Menace.

Accept it and move on.

Mike Honcho on January 11, 2016 at 9:19 PM

Will whoever gets the gig refer to it as his “Han Job” in his bio?

;p

Solaratov on January 11, 2016 at 9:55 PM

“Note to Disney: Young Han Solo should not look like he belongs in a boy band”

I totally agree. None of the young actors I’ve seen in news articles as being considered for the role of Han Solo look Han Soloish enough.

TigerPaw on January 11, 2016 at 11:46 PM

Note Bene: In 1977 Carrie, Mark, and Harrison were relative unknowns to the wider audience. One of the few things George got right.

I’d say Disney would be very hard pressed to develop a character who smuggles loot, and both takes care of himself and shoots first. It wouldn’t be PC at all these days.

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on January 11, 2016 at 6:18 PM

Indeed.

(I suspect George couldn’t afford any Names, even if one had been willing to take the gig.)

Well they sure as hell made a huge error with casting Kylo Ren. Didn’t look anything like a Solo-Leia child would, and as a skinny little dweeb had no menace. Would’ve fit in in Harry Potter, not Star Wars. So I don’t have high hopes for this.

Iblis on January 11, 2016 at 7:24 PM

Indeeder.

(I would have “bought” him as the young Darth Vader, though.
Totally undisciplined and creepy.
Maybe they were trying too hard to push the meme “I am Darth’s Grandson; pheer my leet skillz”)

Hey, here’s a thought. Come up with some new material.

S. D. on January 11, 2016 at 5:53 PM

Indeedest.

AesopFan on January 11, 2016 at 11:50 PM

Frankly, even if you could land an actor with the appropriate stature to play Han, I think the whole idea of a backstory is flawed. Who wants to see Han Solo, the formative years? The whole appeal of the character is that he’s a heroic archetype, the daring yet good-hearted outlaw whom lesser men can only aspire to be. You don’t become someone like that, you just are. A movie about his youth would be like a “Rhett Butler, the college years” prequel to “Gone With the Wind.”

There was a short-lived TV series “Young Indiana Jones” that wasn’t really too bad. Appealed to the junior-high set more than the HS, however, and didn’t break any significant ground.

AesopFan on January 11, 2016 at 11:52 PM

Hopefully Anthony Ingruber is on the short list. I think he would be a good Han Salo.

SoulGlo on January 12, 2016 at 3:47 AM

Anthony Ingruber should be young solo

ChuckTX on January 12, 2016 at 4:07 AM

I am a Star Wars fan from “way back”, but the thought of Disney just milking the hell out of the Star Wars franchise is sickening.

Can’t wait for the Jar Jar Binks Spin off though. :)

Vigilante on January 12, 2016 at 9:01 AM

It’s Disney. Y’all are lucky that Mickey’s not waving a light saber around.

trigon on January 11, 2016 at 5:51 PM

Yeah, I knew they would screw it up. They ruin everything.

Ward Cleaver on January 12, 2016 at 10:30 AM

It could happen. River Phoenix was amazing as young Indy, and I never imagined him as anything other than a overly-pretty chick magnet. (By the time we knew he had real talent, he was already dead…)

Tanya on January 12, 2016 at 10:49 AM

If forced to choose I’d pick Eastwood, purely because his pedigree suggests he’d have some inborn handle on what Han is about

Please watch After Earth if you think acting skills are hereditary.

(please don’t watch after earth, it’s abysmal)

Tlaloc on January 12, 2016 at 11:05 AM

I am a Star Wars fan from “way back”, but the thought of Disney just milking the hell out of the Star Wars franchise is sickening.

Can’t wait for the Jar Jar Binks Spin off though. :)

Vigilante on January 12, 2016 at 9:01 AM

I hate disney more than most human beings, but to be fair star wars has already been dehydrated from Lucas milking it…

Tlaloc on January 12, 2016 at 11:07 AM

I can’t wait until The Walking Dead returns.

LoganSix on January 12, 2016 at 11:13 AM

(I suspect George couldn’t afford any Names, even if one had been willing to take the gig.)

AesopFan on January 11, 2016 at 11:50 PM

How well known was Tom Selleck at the time?
He was offered the role as Han first.

LoganSix on January 12, 2016 at 11:19 AM

Well they sure as hell made a huge error with casting Kylo Ren. Didn’t look anything like a Solo-Leia child would, and as a skinny little dweeb had no menace. Would’ve fit in in Harry Potter, not Star Wars. So I don’t have high hopes for this.

Iblis on January 11, 2016 at 7:24 PM

This, exactly…shouted a thousand times from my rooftop. I said it before here that he looked like some dweeb who won a ‘be a character in the new Star Wars movie’ contest.

James on January 11, 2016 at 8:07 PM

Completely agree. First time I saw Kylo Ren without the mask I wondered if I had mistakenly slipped into a bad showing of “Welcome Back Kotter: The Younger Years” and John Travolta’s love child was playing the villan!

dominigan on January 12, 2016 at 1:46 PM