Last week came word that Phil Lord and Chris Miller’s “Star Wars” anthology movie about Han Solo, currently targeting a May 2018 release, had narrowed its shortlist of candidates down to around three names – “Kingsman” star Taron Egerton, “Hail Caesar” scene-stealer Alden Ehrenreich, and “Transformers” actor Jack Reynor.
With filming to begin later this year, a name is expected to be announced soon and the best bet seemed to be Egerton. Appearing on The Jonathan Ross Show on Saturday though, the actor was asked directly about this possibility and indicated that he hasn’t been contacted by either Disney or Lucasfilm about the part:
“I’ve heard this rumor, yes. I mean, I’ve seen the stuff on the Internet, and I think any lad of my age would kill to play a part like that. It’s very, very flattering. I have no idea if there’s any truth in it, but I mean, Lucasfilm, Disney, if there is, then you know where I am.”
Ross then asked specifically if Lucasfilm has gotten in touch with him, to which he flatly said “No, they’ve not”. Was Egerton being coy? Quite possibly, but others who’ve tested for the role such as Miles Teller have been happy to admit they’ve done so which would indicate there’s no gag order on them from Disney.