Aaron Taylor-Johnson among 2,500 vying for Han Solo role

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 3 December 2015
Aaron Taylor-Johnson

Aaron Taylor-Johnson

British stars such as 'Harry Potter' actor Tom Felton is also said to be keen on the role

Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Dave Franco are among more than 2,500 actors who have auditioned for the role of a young Han Solo.

Several big names including The Fault in Our Stars' Ansel Elgort, 'Harry Potter' actor Tom Felton and Whiplash star Miles Teller are all said to have tried out for the part in a 'Star Wars' spin-off movie about Harrison Ford's legendary character.

Sources told The Hollywood Reporter, over 2,500 stars have either met about the Disney and Lucasfilm movie or sent in taped auditions to try to impress casting director Jeanne McCarthy who is whittling down the numbers for directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller.

One agent, whose client has auditioned, told the publication: "This has been the easiest movie to audition for. They are seeing everyone."

The casting team are said to be on the hunt for someone who looks a bit like a young Ford and can handle the action-packed scenes but is charming as well.

Sources added that the "sweet spot" age film bosses are looking for is around the mid-20s, but this hasn't stopped both older and younger actors trying out for the role.

Mr Robot's Rami Malek, 34, is said to have auditioned, and 16-year-old 'Walking Dead' actor Chandler Riggs is also thought to be keen on the role.

Solo: A Star Wars Story

  • 4 stars
  • 2018
  • US
  • 2h 14min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Ron Howard
  • Cast: Alden Ehrenreich, Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, Donald Glover, Thandie Newton, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Joonas Suotamo
  • UK release: 25 May 2018

The origin story of the young Han Solo (Ehrenreich), as he gets out of Corellia, meets Chewbacca (Suotamo) and Lando (Glover) for the first time, and runs into former lover Qi’ra (Clarke). Ehrenreich has just the right easy charm and despite some missteps it’s an enjoyable yarn with fine set-pieces.