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So Just Who is the Best Replacement for Harrison Ford as Han Solo?

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February 6, 2013

Han Solo

The word is out that Disney and Lucasfilm are working on standalone Star Wars movies to hit theaters in between the episodes of the new trilogy, starting with Episode VII hopefully arriving in 2015 (though there's no guarantees). Just today we learned that two of the standalone spin-offs will feature a young Boba Fett, and another will feature his smuggler adversary Han Solo, brought to life to famously by Harrison Ford. It's hard to envision anyone else in that role aside from Ford himself (and the same can be said for Indiana Jones), but since Ford is no longer 35, a younger actor must be brought in to play the scoundrel. But who?

After doing some extensive brainstorming, here's a list of 15 actors who would make for good replacements for Harrison Ford. Now some of them are older than 35, but their similarities and acting prowess would work so well as a younger Harrison Ford that they could not be ignored. Others are lesser known names who would benefit from a huge breakthrough role, but there's also some big name young stars who would make good fits despite being longshots for the role. So without further adieu, in no particular order, here's a list of 15 actors who we think would be good as Han Solo...

Timothy Olyphant

Timothy Olyphant

If you've seen Timothy Olyphant on the FX series "Justified," then I don't need to tell you why he'd make a great Han Solo. If not, you're missing out on a great series and one of the actor's finest performances. Otherwise, Olyphant has played a rapscallion of sorts in various films like The Girl Next Door and Gone in 60 Seconds. Plus, he's also seen a good amount of action in The Crazies and Hitman. Basically, Olyphant is gruff, has swagger and a strong presence, and that's what Han Solo needs.

Josh Holloway

Josh Holloway

Sure audiences might be used to seeing him with long hair and flannel, Josh Holloway's penchant for giving everyone nicknames as Sawyer on "Lost" and his smart ass remarks in nearly every scene are pure Han Solo. The only downside might be his slight Southern twang in his voice, but if he's a truly good actor, he can fix that. As Sawyer, Holloway showed he's a tough guy, but not beyond being charming as hell at just the right moment. Holloway's biggest moment on the big screen recently came from a role in Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, which had some moments reminiscent of Star Wars.

Josh Brolin

Josh Brolin

Josh Brolin is certainly one of the older choices on this list, but his resemblance to Ford and ability to be both funny and dramatic in films like Men in Black 3, Gangster Squad, True Grit, American Gangster and more make him hard to ignore for the role. Of course, considering Harrison Ford was 35 in Star Wars, the actor taking over would likely need to be a a bit younger, if only slightly older, and Brolin is 44-years old. If only Brolin were born a little later, he would be perfect for the role.

Nathan Fillion

Nathan Fillion

Personally, I'm not sure Nathan Fillion has the acting chops to pull off Han Solo. However, the fact that Fillion played a somewhat similar character in Joss Whedon's "Firefly" and the film adaptation Serenity has made him a favorite among fans. I'm not sure he's among the best replacements, but he's certainly a viable one. Fillion reminds me of a more naturally funny Jeremy Renner, though seemingly without the powerful dramatic chops. Han Solo isn't an Oscar caliber role, but Ford brought a subtle sort of gravitas to the role in addition to the more obvious features of the smuggler.

Christian Bale

Christian Bale

If it wasn't for Terminator Salvation, The Machinist or Rescue Dawn, I wouldn't think that Christian Bale could get a little gruff, but the actor can be more than a fancy, pretty face. Despite the fancy suits and phony persona Bale put on in The Dark Knight trilogy, I think Bale could surprise people by showing a more playful side as Han Solo. After all, he really played up the disturbingly joyful bits of American Psycho, so it seems like Bale knows how to have fun occasionally, and that's a big part of what Han Solo is all about. But we're not sure if Bale would really be up for talking to a big walking carpet if Chewbacca is involved in this Han Solo spin-off.

Chris Pine

Chris Pine

We know that having an actor play both Captain Kirk and Han Solo seems a bit much, but after all, J.J. Abrams is taking on both Star Trek and Star Wars, so it would stand to reason that he might bring some familiar faces with him. Pine is perfect as Kirk, a character who, at least in J.J. Abrams reboot, has flares of Han Solo, so it makes sense. However, that just might be the same reason to not cast him as Han Solo. It's the same worry that people who love Star Trek worry that we've already seen what J.J. Abrams would do with Star Wars. Still, we wouldn't mind seeing Pine take on Solo.

Ryan Gosling

Ryan Gosling

Though Gosling is typically more quiet and reserved with his characters, his work in Drive and The Ides of March combined with his charming, funny parts in Crazy Stupid Love make him kind of perfect for Han Solo. However, Gosling might be a little too pretty for Han Solo. That's not to say Harrison Ford wasn't a handsome guy, but Gosling makes all the ladies swoon, and we're not sure he can be all that scruffy like a smuggling scoundrel should be.

Mark Ruffalo

Mark Ruffalo

In roles varying from The Kids Are All Right to Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, 13 Going on 30 and Collateral, actor Mark Ruffalo has had quite a diverse career. More recently, Ruffalo turned heads as Bruce Banner, aka The Incredible Hulk, in The Avengers. Many people criticized his casting when it was announced a couple years ago, and look how that turned out. Ruffalo is alluring but he can also be brusque in an instant just like Han Solo.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Joseph Gordon-Levitt

This casting seems even less likely than Joseph Gordon-Levitt becoming Batman for Justice League at this point, but after seeing Don Jon's Addiction at Sundance and how the young actor transformed into Bruce Willis (whom he doesn't even resemble in the least) in Looper, he seems like a great pick for the role. Gordon-Levitt is handsome, but Looper showed he can be tough, gritty and heroic without being cheesy.

Kyle Chandler

Kyle Chandler

Kyle Chander basically played a more dumb, exaggerated version of Han Solo as Bruce Baxter in King Kong, the dimwitted action hero of the 30s. Since then he's taken on an important role in J.J. Abrams' Super 8 and has become very praised for some great work on "Friday Night Lights." However, Chandler has yet to have a truly breakout role as a leading man on the big screen, and this could be his big chance.

Karl Urban

Karl Urban

After taking a lead role under a helmet in Dredd, why not give Karl Urban some real face time as Han Solo. Even despite being obscured by a helmet, Urban had a commanding presence in Dredd, and had his fair share of fine moments in Star Trek and even The Lord of the Rings. After all, the relationship he has with Captain Kirk in Star Trek feels similar to the friendship Han Solo and Chewbacca have. Of course, Urban also has the problem of being in J.J. Abrams' Star Trek, and might not get asked to transfer from the Enterprise to the Millennium Falcon.

Joel Edgerton

Joel Edgerton

Though hardcore Star Wars fans will already see a problem with this choice because of his brief role as Uncle Owen in Revenge of the Sith, Edgerton's career has skyrocketed since then with turns in Warrior, The Thing, Zero Dark Thirty and The Great Gatsby this summer. The actor is on the verge of an Academy Award nomination and though he hasn't had the chance to show his more lighthearted, charming side (save for the sparsely seen The Odd Life of Timothy Green last year), Edgerton has the charisma and irresistible personality that made Han Solo great.

Dave Franco

Dave Franco

Easily the youngest selection of our names, Franco hasn't yet been tested as a leading man like his brother James Franco. But the younger actor has shown great promise in supporting roles from 21 Jump Street, Fright Night and Warm Bodies. Franco always seems to be on the edge of seeming like a douchebag, but somehow doesn't cross the line. His role in all three of those aforementioned movies rolled into one character would make for one great Han Solo, and this would be one hell of a role for Dave to reach the level of star power that James currently has in the business.

Jason Clarke

Jason Clarke

We're huge fans of Jason Clarke here, and after supporting but fantastic performances in Zero Dark Thirty and Lawless this year, the Aussie actor is on the verge of greatness. What better role than that of the pilot of the Millennium Falcon. Much like Timothy Olyphant, it's Clarke's TV work in the canceled Fox police drama "The Chicago Code" that convinces us of his ability to take on Han Solo. He's endearing, but also sly and commanding. If he's not in a Han Solo movie, then he at least deserves a role in the new trilogy.

Taylor Kitsch

Taylor Kitsch

Disney probably isn't too keen on Taylor Kitsch after John Carter bombed, but that was hardly the fault of the actor and more the fault of the studio's marketing department. However, Battleship is also probably going to make any studio leery of Kitsch, not to mention Savages. But it's important to note that in all those disappointing films, Kitsch gave 110% and shows great promise as a leading man; He just needs the right film. And considering Kitsch was brought on to play Remy LeBeau, aka Gambit (the Han Solo of mutants), in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, that's good enough reason for me.

So that's a pretty hefty list of names to consider for Han Solo. Of course, there's always a chance Disney could be bold and get an unknown to play young Han Solo, much like Harrison Ford was when he took the role back in the 70s. In addition, there's plenty of other young actors who get offered every lead male role, and we're sure agents will be working double time to book the big part. Of course, all of these actors could easily land another role in the countless Star Wars movies that are surely on the way over the next decade, and that's just the start of an all-new saga for Star Wars. Anyone else you think could be Han Solo?

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  • Ricardo_PT
    Some of these are just wrong, and too old to play the part. Gosling is the only one I would even consider. I don't think it is a wise move to have someone else play solo, I would much rather have an older Ford or have them focus on another member of the Solo clan
    • http://www.roamandthink.com/ PBGray
      Or, just use Ford and digitize a younger face on him like they did for Jeff Bridges in Tron Legacy. Annnnnnnnnd go!
      • 13thGeneral
        that is just so ridiculous I'm not sure how to respond to it.
        • http://www.roamandthink.com/ PBGray
          I'm not being serious. Although I love Ford, I'd be pissed if this was Hollywood's answer to casting Han Solo in a stand alone film. It's difficult at times to take into account tone on these Disqus posts.
    • 13thGeneral
      and if they go even younger; I'm gonna go out on a limb here and pick Charlie McDermott, who plays Axl Heck on The Middle. Seriously.
  • http://twitter.com/stalkbrandon Brandon V. Fletcher
    Josh Hollowway!
    • Marshland tales
      Despite his age,by far far away the best choice
  • Linkfx
    They need an unknown...or else I would say Chris Pratt would be perfect after seeing Zero Dark Thirty but he just got another role of a lifetime.
    • si1ver
      When I see Chris Pratt I see dashing, charming rogue and not Andy Dwyer. (not srs)
      • Linkfx
        Thats why I said after I saw Zero Dark Thirty. I don't really watch 'tv'
  • http://twitter.com/FidelReyes_ Fidel Reyes
    Ok is it just me or does no one (except maybe Nathan Fillion ,in someway..) look like Han Solo(Harrison) in some physical aspect, well who knows, but I mean it can't be anybody too old, I mean Han was in like what his late 20's early 30's during the trilogy, right?
  • http://twitter.com/#!/Nanisimo Emilio Doménech
    They are all too old for a young Han Solo movie, don't you think, Ethan? We were talking on Twitter about Garrett Hedlund (On the Road), Armie Hammer (Social Network) or even James Franco. I think Ryan Goslign is a possibility too, but maybe he's too famouse for the role.
    • brijazz012
      Better off with an unknown like the guy who hosted the Oscars and was in Spider-man, then.
      • http://twitter.com/#!/Nanisimo Emilio Doménech
        Yep, that's why I said 'even'.
        • brijazz012
          Yes, but you're suggesting Gosling is too famous... but not Franco?
          • http://twitter.com/#!/Nanisimo Emilio Doménech
            Yeah, let me explain that. Since 2011 Ryan Gosling has appeared on: Drive, Crazy, Stupid Love, The ides of March and Gangster Squad. Franco, instead, on: Rise of the planet of the apes and... shit (Iceman, Your Highness, etc). I mean, this past two years one has become a lot more important than the other. Franco needs a new big opportunity, don't u think?
    • http://www.firstshowing.net/ Ethan Anderton
      I chose some older actors, because I still think they could play Han Solo closer to the age Harrison Ford was in a New Hope. I think it depends on what kind of origins story this is. After all, it could take place just 10 years before A New Hope and most of these names could still work with some make-up. I'm hoping that origin story doesn't mean we have to see him as a kid or teenager and maybe just in his mid to late 20s.
    • Aero027
      I agree with Hedlund and Hammer. New faces with less to lose. As much as I love Levitt and Gosling I just don't think they'd touch the role because they'd be afraid to lose respect. Its a big role where at best they'd add Han Solo to their list of steadily growing list of awesome roles. At worst they'd be remembered as the person in the bad Han Solo movie and add a major negative that could negate the success they've had up to this point. Playing Han Solo is a big risk for two actors who are on the brink of becoming defining actors of this generation. One name I'm surprised no one has mentioned is Shia Lebouf. I know he gets groans for his lesser turns in Transformers, but he's comedic and he showed some pretty gritty and more adult acting chops in Lawless which I think was his best role to date (and one of my fav films of this past year). He played Indiana Jones son in the last Indiana Jones movie, and was a decent parallel to Ford as an actor. He's also the right age for the role. With a good director who could push him as an actor he'd be my first choice for this role.
  • focker
    ryan gosling? ... ryan gosling as han solo? wtf? no. nonsense.
    • http://twitter.com/DavidisALLright David Bui Castanien
      I think Ryan could play a new rogue character in Episode 7 that plays with his strengths: his quiet intensity.
      • Viserethdoden
        His ability to say nothing and look vacantly into the camera? Gosling is not a good actor.
        • http://twitter.com/DavidisALLright David Bui Castanien
          Are you saying that due to actually seeing his performances or an extremely broad generalization? Because he was awesome in Blue Valentine, Half Nelson or Lars and the Real Girl.
          • pick up bart
            I wasn't sold on Gosling at first, but Half Nelson and Blue Valentine alone are some of the best performances I have seen. Still need to see Lars though.
          • JL
            I was hesitant to see Blue Valentine, but I'm glad I did. Two of the finest actors this generation played very well in that movie. Gosling has range and talent that can't be denied, even if you do loathe the trend of giving pretty boys big money and face time in the biggest movies. He's done more to polish his craft than either Tom Cruise or Brad Pitt (who seems to have fallen into a pattern of putting on the same character repeatedly; it's disappointing after having seen how capable he is in Interview with the Vampire, Fight Club, and Legends of the Fall. He's become to much of a star.)
          • http://twitter.com/DavidisALLright David Bui Castanien
            To be fair, Brad has done some interesting work as of late. More indie stuff (Jesse James, etc) despite the failure of 'Killing Them Softly'. I'm glad he did it anyway.
        • Random
          Who died & made you the resident Casting Director?! Huh? I don't think he belongs in this franchise by any means, but not a good actor?
    • http://cad.cx Colin Dean
      Hey girl, I'm Han Solo. I'll run you to Kessel any day.
    • Random
      I agree with you on that...Wrong angle the part!
  • http://www.scannain.com Niall@Scannain.com
    They need to go younger. I'm backing Ezra Miller
    • http://twitter.com/FidelReyes_ Fidel Reyes
      Yes agreed, the actor needs to be younger!
  • http://www.facebook.com/jessica.mason.94849 Jessica Mason
    For nerds sake, Nathan Fillion!
  • James
    I like Matthew Davis for the role - he most recently and notable played the history teacher by day/vampire hunter by night on The Vampire Diaries. Not only is he a spitting image of a young Ford (and a quick Google Image search will back that claim up) but I think he could pull off the the stuck-up, half-witted, scruffy-looking nerf-herder persona nicley. That said, he is 35 so he'd only be good for the role if by "a Young Solo film" Disney intends on doing a spin-off story around or just leading up to the time of A New Hope.
    • Jolie
      Is he still hot?
  • http://www.facebook.com/andrew.zachariason.9 Andrew Zachariason
    I for sure thought Tom Hardy would be on this list. He's perfect for Han Solo. I don't think anyone would knowck it out of the park like Hardy would. Although I dont know how good this film will be.
    • jolie
      Excellent choice.
  • jumper297
    As long as Shia LaBouf doesn't come along and rape yet another of my childhood favorites with his horrible, horrible acting... I'll be happy. Timothy Olyphant or Nathan Fillian would both be good choices.
    • http://www.facebook.com/jessica.mason.94849 Jessica Mason
      That would make my nerd cry.
    • JBrotsis
      you forgot to mention...hayden christensen never showing his face in the SW universe again!
    • http://www.roamandthink.com/ PBGray
      I think Fillion is the obvious choice. He's got that snarky thing down pat. Plus, he's not a bad actor either.
    • bozo connors
      FIRST thing I thought when I saw the article. "OH JEEZUS NOO PLEASE NOT SHIA!!!"
  • Avon
    Dane DeHaan (if Spiderman doesn't stop him) or Matt Lauria
  • jct2013
    Timothy Olyphant is the ONLY choice... No one other than Ford himself can pull it off IMO... http://www.uproxx.com/tv/2011/01/the-han-sologreedo-justified-promo/
    • Random
      He is a good choice, not sure if he is the only choice. Nice clip.
  • http://www.facebook.com/lucas.dvps Lucas Silva
    Aha! "Without further adieu"... Come on, man! And my pick is Josh Holloway.
  • LiberalHawk
    A lot of comments here focus on the injustice of having someone else play the role Ford defined and excelled in, and that line of thought has merit. But I saw Ford reprise Bogart's role in the "Sabrina" remake. It happens to the best of them.
  • iboga
    What a horrible list lol def needs to be a newcomer
    • Viserethdoden
      How is Dave Franco not a newcomer?
  • http://fashionurbia.com Fashion Urbia
    there is no stupid Hon Solo movie coming out , the spin offs is about Yoda and Fett
  • HB
    if they're doing a spinoff- wouldn't the character be younger? Focus on his backstory? Most of these actors mentioned are older than Hans Solo...
    • dgeet
      exactly!
  • dgeet
    someone younger than Ford when he played Solo. Like real
  • Maanzzon
    Nathan Fillion or Joseph Gordon-Levitt obviously!
  • Neuromancer
    Quickly of the top of my head, what about Emile Hirsch?
    • brijazz012
      We posted the same suggestion seconds apart. It's a groundswell movement! Hirsch! Hirsch! Hirsch!
      • Neuromancer
        Hah, that's awesome! What coincidence :-)
  • brijazz012
    Emile Hirsch.
  • Jolie
    Sylvestor Stallone or Arnold Schwarzenneger
    • Jon Stewart
      too old. They are older than Harrison.
    • Oct8pus
      Totally. Arnold would make a great Han Solo
    • Oct8pus
      Chewie!! Get to the Falcon!
    • Oct8pus
      I am Han Zolo. Come with me if you want to live....
      • Random
        Hanz Olo
  • Jolie
    Why only white guys mentioned?
    • brijazz012
      Because Solo is white. And stop spamming this thread.
      • Jolie
        Weak answer.
        • Johnny D.
          Not as weak as your trolling skills.
          • Jolie
            That's ripe coming from a real-life troll.
          • Johnny D.
            That still doesn't change the fact that you suck ass at trolling.
        • brijazz012
          Fine. Iris Elba, then. But only if Jonah Hill can play Michael Jordan.
    • http://twitter.com/DavidisALLright David Bui Castanien
      Sorrry either you didn't read the article or you just asked a weird question: This is casting a young Han before A New Hope, not a remake with a new continuity. As an Asian, if young Han was all of a sudden Korean, I'd be pissed. You wont get random jingoism from me, no way!
  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Chris-Giebler/1069138959 Chris Giebler
    I vote Harrison Ford de-aged ;-) (Sarcasm)
  • Jolie
    Oscar Isaac
  • dgeet
    Josh Pence...Give him a role since Armie Hammer fucked his entire career
  • http://twitter.com/MediaCritiquer MediaCritiquer.com
    Honestly, I can see all of them in the role. Depends how old the character will be and overall tone of the new SW movies. If I had to choose - Timothy or Josh.
  • Mercedes
    They need to find someone unknown in the industry who hasn't already made a name for himself as an actor. Every actor listed up there is well known and I'd much rather have a new face to be associated with these movies.
    • dgeet
      Josh Pence
  • originalcyn
    Jay Ryan
  • RKRedd
    Taylor Kitsch? Dave Franco? Lol.. Why not Brandon Routh or Josh Hartnett while your at it? This is a Star Wars movie not, Storage Wars: The Movie
    • Ricardo_PT
      I hope Dave Franco was there as a joke...
      • JBrotsis
        I just saw Warm Bodies earlier today (why not), saw him in it, thought to myself "gawd I hate that actor, what a f***ing douchebag...just like Josh Hutcherson", and sure enough he's on the list. Please never consider him. Consider James if anything.
        • brijazz012
          Yeah, he was doing something called "acting". It's the character you don't like, not the man. That's like waving a crucifix at Al Pacino because he played the devil once.
          • JBrotsis
            Well for an actor that constantly picks up douchebag roles might say something about himself personally
  • Middleagedwhiteguy
    Depends how young they want to go. But I would look at Matthew Lewis, of Neville Longbottom fame.
    • Ricardo_PT
      Lol
  • Richie G
    I'd prefer an unknown, but Olyphant is so good in Justified that I wouldn't mind seeing him take a swing at the role. The rest don't fit for me
  • Jolie
    Michael Trevino.
  • http://twitter.com/McChazzio Charles Oosterhouse
    "Hey! Let's list every relatively young hot actor in Hollywood!!"
  • GHynson
    Disney making Starwars now?, Lol. Looks like the Starwars franchise just died.
    • brijazz012
      How was the cave? Did you have a nice stay?
    • http://twitter.com/DavidisALLright David Bui Castanien
      4 months behind, man.
    • comic393
      Star Wars been dead since the first prequel.
  • Nielsen700
    Dave Franco? The fuck?
    • TheGodofAlderWillGetYou
      Dave Franco's a badass!
  • Elyk
    Before I even read the post I though Chris Pine would be perfect...but I also agree with Karl Urban...the role needs to be someone to be comical to an extent
    • JBrotsis
      More Trek conversion to Wars...I like it! Both would fit in perfectly.
  • Gymkata
    Armie hammer. Best choice
  • Sammmmmm
    Joseph Gordon levitt or Ryan gosling would be great I think they both have the acting skills and are about th right age
  • OfficialJab
    Nathan Fillion isn't really a 'younger' Han Solo. I like Taylor Kitsch though... Paul Walker? Maybe it'll make them cancel Hitman
  • jspnceg
    Depending on the age of the character. Josh Holloway would be perfect. Other than that it's gotta be an unknown or lesser known actor.
  • http://www.facebook.com/robert.h.gwinn Robert H. Gwinn
    No Recasting... Just all new characters and story lines. Leave the Iconic characters alone!!!
    • Ricardo_PT
      This man knows things ;) couldn't agree more
    • si1ver
      except for Boba Fett right? RIGHT!?!??
    • Boiler Bro Joe
      ...is what I said when they announced a Star Trek reboot six years ago. And I still hold to it.
  • Cody W
    We dont even know anything about the timeline of this movie. This star wars is still like 3-4 years out and the hype is already ready to make it a letdown geez.
  • imaexpert
    after ZERO DARK 30 jason clarke would be an amazing han, however i wouldnt be surprised if they went and picked an unknown actor to fulfill the scruffiness
  • LosZombies
    Bradley Cooper. Don and done.
    • grimjob
      Not bad. Not bad at all.
  • http://twitter.com/chrisgander Chris Gander
    What a horrible, horrible list... wow.
    • http://www.firstshowing.net/ Ethan Anderton
      Please make this comment more valuable by adding some alternate options.
  • mustang55
    Joseph GL. Did anyone see 500 Days of Summer?
  • http://thechatcast.com/ 福 赐 天上
    Nathan Fillion. Full stop.
  • grimjob
    I like Olyphant, I think he could do well here. But I don't think they should even touch this character. Leave him be.
  • Astroboy3000
    now is the time for them to atone for the mistake they made with the original casting and give it to the man, the myth, the deathproof one himself- KURT (MUTHAFUCKIN') RUSSELL !!!!!!!!!
    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M7YGEVuJ4mM Carpola
      I think Kurt Russell is crippled now.
  • Tom
    Bradley Cooper?
    • http://www.facebook.com/zero4x4 Christian Wamsley
      I like where your head is at on that one! Just think Face from A-Team! Very good indeed.
      • Viserethdoden
        NO!
  • LightningB
    Massive Olyphant fan here. Push that one.
    • JBrotsis
      Massive Holloway fan right here!
  • Mk-Ultra
    NOBODY!
    • Gus
      Damn straight!
  • truong18
    need new face, all these actors are too well known.
  • Superabilio
    NOBODY!!!!
  • http://www.facebook.com/zero4x4 Christian Wamsley
    I kind of felt like Chris Evans should have been on this list. I've always thought he was good after seeing Sunshine and I don't think his role in Captain America was that great so I'd like to see him get get this as a lead role. I do really like Kitsch and Karl Urban though. I think Karl could do great as a lead man with the right direction. Dredd didn't blow my mind but if you look at some of his other stuff you can tell he is on the verge of a break out. Taylor Kitsch seems really good for it too. I thought he did great in John Carter and I also really enjoyed the film as well. All of the others seem a bit too young or too old for this role. David Franco? Really? I can't condone that lol
  • JBrotsis
    There's too many comments I want to say on who I'd want and not want, so instead of going through all that and having unnecessary arguments, I will simply comment back on what Ethan wrote about Brolin....if Josh was born at a later time, then he couldn't have played Brand in "The Goonies"!
  • Mark
    Seriously!??! No mention of Robert Downey Jr.?
  • http://www.facebook.com/EvolutionXtinct Joe Smith
    Dude were you smoking when you came up with this list? Only one who could do the job is Nathan. No one has the sly comedy-esk persona like he did in firefly. He would bring what REAL Han Solo was, the others are to serious of actors or just couldn't play the part in general.... Please revise....
  • JediBilly
    You got to be kidding me! These guys are not good choices. It would be weird to see "Capt Kirk" play Solo. Most are just too old especially Josh Brolin. Ugh! We need an unkown actor and he will sign on to do possible sequel(s) and not ask for ridiculous salary. Taylor Kitsch or Dave Franco would fit in nicely. The Solo character need to be cocky and hunky.
  • Xerxexx
    Ben Foster. Perhaps Anton Yelchin. In all reality I'd rather an unknown take the role as the young Solo. A already successful actor should be Solo...unknown or bust.
  • David Banner
    Out of this list, in no order: Taylor Kitsch Ryan Gosling Timothy Olyphant Karl Urban The rest are not good choices. I'll try to think of some other actors while I calibrate this machine.
    • Random
      I've got nothing against Ryan Gosling, but he does not belong in this franchise. Good list.
  • comic393
    wtf!? Harrison Ford IS Han Solo no one can replace him, plus look wat they did with young Anakin look how that turned out. So doin another prequel/sequel is a bad idea they should cancel it.
  • comic393
    I meant prequel/spinoff.
  • Xerxexx
    What about Alex Russell from Chronicle?
    • Xerxexx
      Apparently someone didn't like Chronicle.
    • me
      brilliant choice, young , talented and a rising star. this would be a great push
  • marvelfan
    I said it before in a different post on this site today and I'm saying it again: I fully agree with Josh Holloway. Out of all possible choices he is the only one that has proven he can play the part, since he played a character that was based on Harrison Ford's Han Solo for six seasons in Lost. His dryness, his wryness, his coolness, his tough guy attitude as a juxtaposition with the main hero who has more of a nice guy-attitude, his questionable past, just about everything in Holloway's Sawyer-character is a hommage to Han Solo. And for the viewers that didn't catch up to that straight away the writers of Lost even spelled it out for you by naming the character James "Sawyer" FORD - same surname as Harrison. Coincidence? Hell no. I really hope that with Abrams on board he'll vouch for Holloway as Han.
  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=567981709 Chris McDermid
    Nathan Fillion hands down, If not Bradly Cooper I could see pulling it off.
  • mORPH
    I guess it depends on how much younger they want Han Solo to appear in the spin off movie. most of those guys are too old if its supposed to be a younger Han Solo. I'd love to see Nathan Fillion or Karl Urban play Han. but if they're looking for someone a little closer to Harrison Fords age from ANH then why not Jensen Ackles from Supernatural. he'd be nearly the same age as Harrison Ford was.
  • George Caltsoudas
    This might sound crazy, but I actually think Ashton Kutcher probably seems to fit the bill both personality wise and looks wise.
  • si1ver
    Stupid idea. They already made a Han Solo series. Its called Firefly. If I had to though, I'd take anyone on this list over Kitsch, LaBeouf, Olyphant, Holloway, Cooper. I like Hammer and Franco (Olyphant too) but I don't see them for this role. Also from seeing this I just realized the SW:TOR trailers>Into the Darkness trailers. Not surprising since TOR trailers are so awesome but... you mad star trek fans?
  • Hamengku
    They should do the young Han Solo movies based on the trilogy of novels by AC Crispin which basically go from him in his late teens up to the point where he meets Luke and Obi Wan in the cantina. I think Garrett Hedlund can pull it off.
  • http://www.facebook.com/eleyfied Matthew Eley
    Ben Browder! Come on! How could you not cast Ben Browder! He can be a real cocky hardarse prick if he needs to and handles action like the man himself!
  • Pubes
    They have to go with Joseph Gordon Levitt. He has a good resemblance to Ford and it a fantastic actor..... YES! I think Andrew Garfield would be a good choice.....
  • I am Jacks DVD
    They are all too old. I see this as casting someone who is late teens, early 20's. Why bother making a standalone film on the character and have him the same age as Ford was in A New Hope but played by a different actor? Makes no sense. They will go for an unknown and launch another career I think. It needs to be an origins story of the character.
  • Will
    None of the above! Disney, stop ruining the iconic characters!
  • David
    Dave Franco, Nathan Fillion or Josh Holloway. They have their funny side, and also are quite good actors.
  • dee
    Get a relatively unknow to play Solo. In 1977 so was Harrison Ford.
  • JessaStar
    All of these are just wrong. You just can't replace Ford. He's too iconic for the role. Putting someone like Ryan Gosling in there would obviously just be to attract a wider audience. Then you'd have a million tweens and teen girls rushing to see a movie they most likely have no idea what series it's coming from just in hopes that "Han Solo" removes his shirt. Don't defile the legacy of Star Wars just by filling the role with another pretty face!
  • Danimal
    Chris Pine........just kidding lol. Honestly I don't know, and I'm hoping that episode VII takes place about 30 years in the future so that they can just throw harrison ford back in there :)
  • DJROBL
    I got it say Han was from Ork and then Harrison Ford is in....
  • http://www.facebook.com/charity.s.wagner Charity S Wagner
    They should go with someone unknown (or barely known) like Ford was at the time. A big star would ruin it. Also, most of these guys listed seem to serious - they gotta pull off that smartass smurk;)... If we have to choose, I say Taylor Kitsch.
    • Aero027
      I loved Kitsch on Friday Night Lights but so far he's been a disappointment as a leading actor. You can blame the films he was in all you want for being "bad films" but he just wasn't that great of an actor in those films either. To be honest the guy that played Jason Street on Friday Night Lights wouldn't be a bad choice either (Scott Porter). He's unknown and I don't think he's had any leading roles (perhaps for a reason). Also in Connection with Kitsch I'd put in a vote for Aaron Johnson (his costar in Savages who out acted him by a mile, and the lead in Kick-Ass). He's got a comedic side and a badass side that could be an interesting choice for Han Solo.
  • Grichmer
    Let's be honest. Odds are that none of these guys would be picked.
    • bozo connors
      We can only hope. I mean... Nathan Fillon? He's pushing 43?! How old was Han in the original?! Impossible to recreate that Solo-swagger from this crowd. I mean seriously... it's Han Solo folks. Harrison Ford himself built an entire career off the character.
  • Norman Eschenfelder
    This is dumb. Everyone read there would be a movie centered on a young Han Solo, as a teenager. And you make a list with guys between 30 and 50. Just dumb.
  • baronvonbarren
    can't be done.. who replaced jesus after his carbonite tomb was empty???
  • Linkfx
    The thing is, Harrison Ford is just playing himself to a large degree...so it would just be more strange than anything to have any respectable actor trying to be harrison ford...I know they did it in Looper but that worked only within the time travel context of the film, just think how weird it would be if it were just joseph gordon levitt in bruce willis makeup doing the bruce willis-isms without bruce willis in the movie too...same idea here. It'd be too weird to have someone playing Harrison Ford playing Han Solo.
  • B
    That's a bloody awful list.
  • Steven
    It really needs to be a young Solo, nothing else would 'feel' right and the fans will not take to it. What about Josh Hutcherson ??
  • Rosalee Adams
    Eh? Levill, Ruffalo and Gosling as Han Solo? What part of serious is that?
  • tablesaw
    If any of these actors are smart they will stay the hell away from this role. Though I think some of the actors listed probably aren't smart enough to do that, in which case it will at least be hilarious seeing them try to be Han Solo. Even if it ends up being a complete unknown, it will still be funny.
  • http://twitter.com/kewcreative Kyle Edward Wilson
    Yeah this post was almost too ridiculous to scroll through and read. Let's just post a slew of somewhat applicable actors and watch the pageviews come in...
  • http://twitter.com/drsalvucci Dan Salvucci
    Who made this list? You have 1 perhaps 2 viable candidates here the rest aren't fit for the roles they have already done let alone an icon of sci fi type character. And who said Nathan Fillion was bad because he did a similar character? Thats the #1 reason to choose him. You go unknown or you go Nathan Fillion these other people shouldn't even be on the list of people who know Han Solo.
    • http://twitter.com/drsalvucci Dan Salvucci
      I mean for crissakes you have Christian Bale on this list?! Are you nuts? It makes me think of Kevin Smith's story about them wanting Sean Penn playing Superman.....who approved this list? and where they alive at the time?
  • Jon Stewart
    Taylor, Dave, Joel who is a great actor, JGL another good actor, Mark Ruffalo another good actor, Christian Bale, Chris, all of those are hell no
  • http://twitter.com/johnmwoody John M Wood
    All bad choices. Needs to be a fresh face, born after 1985.
  • Meap
    Zachary Quinto as the new Han Solo... Book it...
  • http://www.facebook.com/cade.ezell.5 Cade Ezell
    Nathan Fillion
  • Will_Bill
    What about Qui-Gon Jinn stand alone movie with Liam Neeson!!!
  • me
    harrison ford, just do a cgi face and bring in a young body double to do the movements
    • http://twitter.com/MasterAmino Torrey Anderson
      I'd rather see all CGI or no CGI (when it comes to the actors). I'm sure technology has advanced significantly since Tron Legacy...but mixing real people with CGI people just does not mesh well. Not yet. Heck, since this is Star Wars though, who knows. They pretty much have an unlimited budget to get it right.
  • Disappointed
    this is some of the worst set-up of names. they're just listed due to popularity with no conceivable thought put behind them. thanks for wasting my time.
    • http://www.firstshowing.net/ Ethan Anderton
      Offer alternatives. It's easy to say this is terrible without offering any other options. Speak up.
  • munigant
    Christian Bale? Gosling? Seriously, this is some stunt fan-casting if I've ever seen one, looks like you were just going through the IMDB most popular list. Besides all those guys are too old for a "younger" Han. And you obviously never watched Firefly if you think that Fillion lacks dramatic chops to pull off Solo. Like, really, I love HS and all but he's a way less developed character than Mal, and that swaggerish charm Mal has in abundance. I'd say Fillion or Holloway if they were a decade younger. But here we need a newcomer.
  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M7YGEVuJ4mM Carpola
    Will Smith? Surely.
  • Kenneth Boutot
    A lot of these are stretches. For some reason, when I saw Lucky Number Slevin, I thought Josh Hartnett could pull it off
  • marvelfan
    Also it's pretty bad that Joel Edgerton is on this list since he is already in the prequels as Luke's uncle Owen (Looks like everyone just forgot about that since I am the first to point it out after 150 comments)
  • http://twitter.com/Jason__Elliott Jason Sapp
    Are they doing a remake of ANH? These choices are ridiculous. Most are older than Harrison was in '77. If its between III and IV, the actor would be 20, 21 in that age range. Just do the due diligence like JJ Abrams did for the star trek reboot and get a relative unknown, like a young George Lucas did in the mid 70's. Good grief.
  • redsonja1313
    1) maybe 2) NO 3)NO 4)while I want yes..its still NO 5) no 6) no 7)no 8)no 9)no 10) maybe 11)no 12)no 13)no 14)no 15) maybe MY VOTE RICHARD ARMITAGE --he has the hair-the chest-height and ability to play snarky with questionable morals that you still root for (go watch him as Sir Guy in RobinHood)
  • http://www.facebook.com/maggie.rodgers3 Margaret Tinsley Rodgers
    Kyle Chandler
  • jim
    I'd see a Boba Fett movie but beyond that I want new characters and stories set in the Star Wars galaxy. Trying to retread existing characters is a horrible idea, we know Han's story, now tell me about someone else. Hell, even doing a Mara Jade story or a Talon Karrde story is a better idea than some guy who isn't Harrison Ford walking around in his clothes on his ship.
  • http://www.facebook.com/gert.vansoelen Gert van Soelen
    Wes Bentley could fit the part nicely.
  • Evo
    If Han Solo MUST be recast, I personally would prefer an unknown. That said, Ryan Gosling or Bradley Cooper could be serviceable but in my opinion are just too well known. I know this has been making it's rounds for quite some time but, if you've not seen this guy do his Solo impression, it's pretty stunning. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=bba_wPdLxp4
  • commie pinkofag
    Who should play the young Han Solo? It's a leading question, containing the false premise that spin-offs, sequels, prequels, and all the other ways in which the entertainment industry gorges on and then re-regurgitates its own vomit should exist at all. Movies now either feature the walking dead or _are_ walking dead. Either way, it's zombies all the way down. Han Solo? Just one more rotting, staggering, groaning, stinking, reanimated corpse.
    • Aero027
      In connection with your post...the dude that plays Darryl, Norman Reedus would be an interesting Solo
  • castingcouch
    How about creating an original character instead of just more recycling and fan masturbation? That might be asking too much of Hollywood these days though.
  • Hursty
    I think your site is absolutely wonderful and I read it every day...but this list is shit, none of these actors would make a good ham solo
  • B. Spinner
    How about Bradley Cooper?
  • JL
    I think Gosling exudes the cockiness of Solo, but for my money, the overall best match would be Olyphant. Also, Anderton, how can you bring up Olyphant and forget to mention Deadwood?
  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mark-Harding/100000145858394 Mark Harding
    Bradley Cooper would be pretty good.
  • Old_Time_SWFan.
    Here's one for you... We all know him as Dexter, Michael C. Hall. I think that he has the grit to do Solo easily.
  • Dr.LivingstonIPresume
    I don't think they should try to reinvent a classic character like that. Either use Harrison Ford as an older Solo or simply make an entirely new character with similar characteristics. Or better yet, don't start making plans for spin offs before you've convinced the fans your movies aren't going to be shit.
  • http://twitter.com/notinmybook Jon Clarke
    Most of those actors are older than Harrison Ford was in Episode IV. Thereby negating the prequel idea.
  • adamu
    Dear God, can we please just use the voices of the characters we love and create new animated / pixar (perhaps) films for Star Wars? Han Solo is still alive and well, he might be a little older but his voice and charisma remain, as does Luke, Leia, Lando, etc. Let the Marvel team do the live action versions for new storylines and the pixar team with core voice cast handle the animation!!
  • 13thGeneral
    Assuming that they attempt to portray Han Solo in the time prior to meeting the Skywalker clan, most of these choices are either already too old or not the right swagger. And can we stop picking Nathan Fillion for everything? I love him, but please, stop. but kudos for thinking of Kyle Chandler - he deserves a breakthrough role. I'm still mulling over what actors would work for the role. So far, one of my personal choices would have to be Matt Dallas, from Kyle XY.
    • 13thGeneral
      and if they go even younger; I'm gonna go out on a limb here and pick Charlie McDermott, who plays Axl Heck on The Middle. Seriously.
  • Guest
    I saw this theater actor in nyc recently who totally blew my mind and he has the look... he's even got the signature crooked smirk... the program just had his name and pic... couldn't find much of anything about him online. Anyway, check the pic and tell me what you think... maybe i can manage to track this dude down! Or if you know him tell him he's got my vote for Solo.
  • Andy
    ANTHONY INGRUBER. Look him up on Youtube and be amazed.
  • Mr McGibblets
    How bout the guy who plays Jamie Lannister on Game of Thrones??? -big athletic kick ass good looking dude who is also a smart ass....
  • Jackie B
    I think Taylor fits the personality and facial expression of Harrison best. All of the above mentioned are good solid actors so then you must see if the type fits. But it is always difficult to replace someone.
  • BG
    How bout the guy that plays Jamie Lannister on Game of Thrones??? Nicholas Wander something..... Big good lookin kick ass dude who is kind of a smart ass....
  • http://www.jimmylove.com/ Jimmy Love
    Wow hows about NONE of the Above.
  • johan erik theodor clemmesen
    Ashton Kutcher and that's all there is to it. I am baffled that Ashton Kutcher is not mentioned on your list. He is the perfect young Han Solo.
  • Accurate
    I guess 1 out of 15 is....alright. You guys could've had 15 terrible choices, but you only had 14, not bad.
  • http://www.facebook.com/lukini Lucas Rios
    J.J Abrahms for Han Solo!
  • Kev
  • Smithian
    Almost all of these people are older than Harrison Ford was when he did "Raiders of the Lost Ark," let alone "Star Wars." Fresh, unknown faces will be needed at that audition and should be given their due.
  • colin
    I love Nathan Fillion but how is he even a thought in this. He's already older than Harrison Ford was during A New Hope. I know actors play younger all the time but that would be totally unbelievable.
  • Kev
    They should give this kid an audition: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bba_wPdLxp4
  • http://www.facebook.com/judo2 Jesse Udo
  • lavalampryanman
    I love how Josh Holloway is always in the conversation for casting big and awesome roles, but hasnt done anything worthwhile in about 3 years.
  • Massive Marbles
    Christian Slater, hands down! He's got that sneaky, bad boy thing going on...just like Hans Solo.
  • ChrisIlls
    How about Bradley Cooper? I think he's got that special kinda grin going on. Slightly off topic, but I think with his comedic side he would be a better fit, if they treated the character of Indiana Jones like James Bond, so you can keep telling stories about the character, but it just gets re-invented slightly when a new actor comes along. I would also keep it in the same time period of the 30's. One thing Crystal Skull showed is that it doesn't work when it's set in a later time period.
  • http://www.facebook.com/jmavis Justin Mavis
    You don't need to replace Harrison Ford if there making the story about the New Republic and rebuilt Jedi Order. Because the story will most likely be about Han and Leia's children and Luke's son. There is a big gap after Return of the Jedi where Luke spends his time rebuilding the Jedi ranks.
  • http://www.facebook.com/josh.parsons.520 Josh Parsons
    Gosling would make a better Luke if anyone
  • Bob Saget
    • Letícia Cavalheiro
      Hooooly shit!
  • Camelbuc
    How about Nick Lachey he even looks like Harrison Ford?
  • josh
    it's not about the face you idiots, it's all about how he acts... c'mon
  • Letícia Cavalheiro
    I loooove Josh Holloway, it would be awesome if he were Han Solo, but only Harrison is perfect for Han.

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