At this point, it’s a total trust game for Star Wars fans that Lucasfilm knows what it’s doing with its Young Han Solo property. The reported finalists to take the coveted role don’t spark any particular excitement, as none seem to resemble – in either appearance or demeanor – what the young-30s Harrison Ford originally established.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (The Lego Movie) have, along with Lucasfilm, narrowed their search to Alden Ehrenreich, Jack Reynor, and Taron Egerton (pictured in that order, above), all based on actual screen tests. Reynor’s highest profile work comes from Transformers: Age of Extinction (not memorably, that’s for sure) and Egerton’s is The Kingsman and Eddie The Eagle (both unseen by me, but his mug shot doesn’t engender comparisons to Ford).
That leaves Alden Ehrenreich who, despite also not seeming to look the part, was an absolute scene-stealer earlier this year in the Coen Brothers‘ Hail, Caeasar!. The role – a broadly comic one in which Ehrenreich played an aw-gosh simpleton cowboy matinee idol from the early 1950s – was pretty much the antithesis of what you’d expect for Han Solo, but the sheer talent on display by Ehrenreich made him a breakout star to watch. Based on that alone, he’d be my choice of the three.
Of course, there could still be others in contention as THR’s source may not be fully informed. But even if it’s solid, Kathleen Kennedy and Lawrence Kasdan (co-writer of The Force Awakens who’s also involved in this Solo project) have earned the right to give them the benefit of the doubt. Nevertheless, an undercurrent of anxiety may remain until we finally see the film’s first footage…which will be at least a couple of years from now.