It's happening. There's going to be a Han Solo film.
Once the excitement of that news dies down for all you Star Wars fans, it'll dawn on you that someone actually has the job of taking on the role made famous by Harrison Ford back in '77. No mean feat.
The film, which is due out in 2018, will take place between the events of Episode III - Revenge of the Sith and Episode IV - A New Hope.
Here we roundup six actors who may be in the running for playing a younger incarnation of Chewie's pal.
1 | Aaron Paul
When Rogue One – the first Star Wars spin-off – was announced, it was Aaron Paul’s name that was bandied around as frontrunner for the male lead (it went to Sam Claflin). In Hollywood, rumours don’t generate at random; could it be that Paul has been purposefully held back to fill Harrison's shoes? Perhaps. With TV character Jesse Pinkman a fan favourite, it’s certain he’d have the audience onside – but ultimately, could the 35-year-old who played a scrawny ex-junkie in Breaking Bad really play the universe’s smoothest space smuggler? Think with your heads, people.
2 | Dane DeHaan
With his boyish charm and DiCaprio looks, it’s a wonder Dane DeHaan isn’t more of a name. Following roles in Chronicle (2012) and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014), the 29-year-old actor has shown he can nail the angst-riddled villain, but it definitely feels like his time to graduate to meatier lead roles – Han Solo could be it. Still, he hasn’t shown a knack for deploying casual witticisms in his brief career thus far (a must for this role), or instilled us with much hope he can roll around with wookies. Maybe strain from holding your breath.
3 | Miles Teller
If Miles Teller’s agent doesn’t get his name on the audition list following his role in Whiplash, we’re frankly worrying for their job; not only did Teller turn in a star-making role in the drumming drama, the 28-year-old showed he’s willing to do a lot to prove his artistic prowess (he learnt to jazz drum from scratch). Which leads us to the ewok in the room – Miles Teller couldn't look less like a young Harrison Ford if he tried, something not even a Lucasfilm budget can rectify.
4 | Zac Efron
It's hard to remember that Zac Efron, now 27, was an early casting rumour for The Force Awakens. Don't be thrown by the fact he's since fallen off the face of the Star Wars casting universe though; the former teen favourite may currently be up for the naughtier roles but Disney could well want their old High School Musical poster boy back. He'd have the ladies vote, but we reckon Efron should stick to what he's good at: the romantic dramas and schoolboy comedies.
5 | Aaron Taylor-Johnson
We had high hopes for Aaron Taylor-Johnson. His performance as John Lennon in Nowhere Boy (2009) was admirable and Kick-Ass (2010), while flawed, was fun. His role in last year's Godzilla however proved downright wooden – there was more life in the rubble the monster left in his wake. Could he really be the man to take on such a legendary character? We're quietly hoping Taylor-Johnson's phone breaks should casting directors decide he's the man for the job.
6 | Garrett Hedlund
He's an actor; he's a singer; he's a model – but is he Han Solo? With early buzz pitting Hedlund as a favourite, it seems a lot of people would hope so. Sure, there's no denying he has the look of a roguish space smuggler, but it shouldn't be forgotten that the 30-year-old has attempted (and failed) to kickstart an impressive film career a few times now – Tron: Legacy, another Disney effort, being a particular low point.
Who do you think?