Disney has finally confirmed it’s developing a series of standalone Star Wars films centering on existing characters from a galaxy far, far away, among the first of which is rumored to be a Han Solo origin story. All I can say is … finally.
Han Solo was my first film crush, and I couldn’t be more excited to see him scheme and steal his way across the galaxy. It’s almost like getting that second Firefly movie I always wanted! The one problem with this is that Harrison Ford, despite the best efforts of Scientists Everywhere, cannot actually age backward. So someone I like a lot less than Young Harrison Ford is going to have to play Young Harrison Ford. Although the Corellian smuggler would advise otherwise, we’re going tell you the odds of some of the best, brightest and most Han-like actors becoming the next captain of the Millennium Falcon.
And for the record, let’s all agree that Shia LeBeouf is never again allowed to play anyone related to a Harrison Ford character. Seriously.
Never tell me the odds: 1:7
Disney is very likely to cast a big name as Han Solo to guarantee that non-Star Wars fans will still flock to the theater. Of the pretty-boy actors of his ilk, Gosling has the most credibility as heartthrob with rough edges (see: Drive, Blue Valentine). While Gosling isn’t my first choice by a mile, it’s a lot better than getting stuck with Ryan Reynolds. Hey, Girl, I shot first.
Never tell me the odds: 1:19
Sure, he’s a little short to be a stormtrooper, but he’s been steadily building cred as an action star through films like Inception, Premium Rush, Looper and The Dark Knight Rises. JGL certainly has Han’s swagger, but without the mileage. Most importantly, as a whip-smart guy, Gordon-Levitt is unlikely to just copy Harrison Ford’s mannerisms, and instead reinvent a roguish space hero that is all his own.
Never tell me the odds: 1:9
If J.J. Abrams can direct both Star Wars and Star Trek, why can’t Chris Pine play the galaxy’s two most famous rogues? He’s done a stellar job of honoring Captain Kirk’s legacy without drifting into parody. However, Han Solo might require a little bit more smirk than even Pine can pull off.
Never tell me the odds: 1:18
If this were a Han Solo look-alike contest, Taylor Kitsch would have to be in the running. But then again, if this were a look-alike contest, we’d have this kid playing Han. Unfortunately for Kitsch, his shot at the big time with Disney’s John Carter was an unmitigated disaster. It’s unlikely the studio will bank on him a second time, rugged good looks or not.
Never tell me the odds: 1:5
Claflin is a relative unknown, but that’s going to change the minute he spears his first fish as Finnick in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. (Claflin also appeared in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides and Snow White and the Huntsman.) His biggest hurdle, however, is his British accent: Han is a cowboy, through and through. But if Calflin can pull off Finnick’s arrogant charm in Catching Fire, Disney may decide to invest in some accent coaching down the road.