Though the second Star Wars spin-off film, centered around a young Han Solo, is more than two years away, pre-production has already begun.
What does that entail? Well, for one thing, finding the actor who will play the coveted role.
Some think it’s the widest casting call ever, and based on The Hollywood Reporter’s findings, that’s probably true. According to the article, more than 2,500 actors have auditioned for the role.
They’ve either met with casting director Jeanne McCarthy or sent tapes in.
With such a large pool, there are plenty of unknowns but some of the more famous names to audition have been: Dave Franco (21 Jump Street), Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Avengers: Age of Ultron, Miles Teller (Whiplash), Chandler Riggs (The Walking Dead), Tom Felton (Harry Potter), and Rami Malek (Mr. Robot).
One agent is calling this “the easiest movie to audition for” because “they are seeing everyone.”
The film isn’t set to start shooting until January 2017, so there’s plenty of time, but this is probably one of the most pressured casting decisions Hollywood’s had to make in the last several years.
According to the casting team, they’re looking for someone who somewhat resembles a young Ford (although they don’t have to be American) and can pull off humor, charm, and action. They’ve even asked some comedians to audition.
The film is slated for a May 25, 2018 release with Phil Lord and Christopher Miller directing. Lawrence and Jon Kasdan are writing the script.
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