Who should play a young Han Solo?
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The list of actors that could potentially play a young Han Solo in his 2018 Star Wars spin-off has just been announced. The three names that seem to be at the top of the list are Miles Teller of Whiplash and Fantastic Four fame, Ansel Elgort from The Fault in Stars, and Dave Franco, who is currently working with his older brother James on The Disaster Artist. While there are other names in the mix, these three are probably the “biggest”. So the question remains: who deserves to get the big part; arguably the role of a lifetime? Let’s start with Elgort. Out of the three, I think he is probably the least likely to be chosen. But this doesn’t mean I dislike him: quite the opposite. His performance in The Fault in Our Stars – arguably his “big break” – was a very emotive and genuine one that was, for me, one of the few positives the film had to offer. And he has even had prior ventures into the sci-fi genre with Fault co-star Shailene Woodley in the Divergent series. But the main reason that I don’t think he’ll be picked – aside from the fact that he bears little to no resemblance to Harrison Ford – is the way that he is typecast. Naturally, typecasting in Hollywood is a horrible thing, and can be limiting or even damaging to an actor: look at the lengths Judy Garland went to to keep her “innocent little girl” character going. Elgort is a victim of this, although obviously to a far lesser extent.
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