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As Harrison Ford leaves a resurrected Star Wars franchise to make big bucks over on that other franchise he’s known for, producers are still looking for their young Han Solo in a new instalment. Over 2,500 actors lined up to audition for the role, and execs have narrowed the search down to three.
Disney and Lucasfilm’s current shortlist includes Transformers: Age of Extinction star Jack Reynor, Hail, Caesar! actor Alden Ehrenreich and Kingsman: The Secret Service‘s Taron Egerton to play the hero in a spin-off charting Solo’s rise to become one of the galaxy’s most notorious smugglers. Chewbacca, played by Peter Mayhew, is also expected to be in the movie.
The new spin-off is set to be directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, who together directed comedy 21 Jump Street and the highly acclaimed The LEGO Movie.
The origin movie will be a standalone film, and is scheduled to his screens in 2018. It will follow the release of the first Star Wars spin-off, Rogue One, in December this year, and Star Wars Episode VIII in December 2017.