Zac Efron For A Young Han Solo? Eh? Eh? Disney Officially Calls New 'Star Wars' Film An "Origins Story"

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Zac Efron For A Young Han Solo? Eh? Eh? Disney Officially Calls New 'Star Wars' Film An "Origins Story"

By Joanna Robinson | Trade News | September 12, 2013 | Comments ()


Unlike JK Rowling who announced today that her new Harry Potter project is not a prequel, the folks over at Disney are making no bones about it. The rumor has been circling for awhile, especially with the news that they’d be casting a young Han Solo, but during an investor’s conference, Disney’s chief financial officer Jay Rasulo used the words “origin story.” As in there will be a new Star Wars film every year and in between the new saga films, they will be doing origin stories. A little like Marvel and those Avengers boys.

So, in theory, we won’t just be doing the Han Solo back story but possibly, say, Lando’s and Leia’s as well. Because that worked so well for Anakin and Obi-Wan. But, in all seriousness, a Leia or Lando origins story would not be unwelcome. You know what would be unwelcome? Checking in with that little sniveling sh*t, Luke. He was nothing before he met Obi-Wan and I do not need two hours of him d*cking about with droids, going on weekend errands to the Toshi Station and bull’s-eyeing womp rats with his T- 16.

So we come to the wholly fun and not at all meant to cause you an aneurysm portion of this post I like to call “dreamboat casting Solo.” How low was that header photo I used? So low. I apologize. Is this better? Would a face like this shoot first?

Listen, I non-ironically like Efron. When he’s not Sparksing Piper Chapman or letting Nicole Kidman pee on him, he’s turned into quite a charming, roguish young man. I also like the idea, of all the young men in Hollywood salivating over this role like Jabba over a particularly fine piece of Organa flesh. Remember when they were casting Gatsby and several young actresses suddenly and coincidentally got pixie haircuts? Just scrapping for that Daisy role? Fingers crossed we see the handsome actorly types all dressing in vests and tight pants. It couldn’t hurt, fellas.

As for Leia and Lando. Well Anna Kendrick and Michael B. Jordan, or get the f*ck out.

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  • It would be a good choice, tbh,

  • dilwazr

    More Efron, please. Everywhere. He's so talented!

  • ZbornakSyndrome

    This has shades of Hayden Christensen casting all over it. I would rather they just razed the story and cast Michael B. Jordan as Han, at least he could pull off the charm/sex appeal AND he can act his way out of a paper bay - Bonus!

  • Casting Anna Kendrick would at least distract me enough to make me not hate it if it ends up sucking as much as the prequels.

  • mairimba


    But yes, please. Gimme some Z'efron.

    (P.S. I liked The Paperboy. A lot.)

  • " Would a face like this shoot first?"

    Not that I'm a good judge of such things, but I could see a face like that having a problem with shooting....prematurely.

    I'm trying to figure out how I'd feel if they did the Han Solo Trilogy. Mostly, meh.

    The problem these movies face is the half-a-century-or-more number of books that cover the immediate before and a significant time after of the original trilogy. Lucas went out of his way to reserve the space the prequels occurred in, then he shat all over that space. So I just can't seem to muster excitement for any story they could tell, unless it was a Rowling-esqe new story set in the SW universe. #theBookWasBetter.

  • Maguita NYC

    "a face like that having a problem with shooting....prematurely"

    Why am I laughing so hard!

  • Fredo

    I wish I could muster the requisite Internet bile, but I can't. Let them do what they will. The Holy Trilogy stands eternal.

  • Bert_McGurt

    If they DO go through with this, all I can say is we'd better see the goddamned Kessel Run.

  • BWeaves

    How many origin stories do you need?


    I don't care about someones childhood. I want to know what they are doing NOW! And AFTER!

    Stop with the stoopid origin stories.

    I tried to read The Chronicles of Narnia, and the stupid editor put the stories in chronological order as the stories happened, instead of the order they were written. This put the origin story first, and it sucked because it meant nothing to me. I still haven't finished those stories.

  • Wigamer

    Zac looks a little Stamos-y in that pic. Also, Michael B. Jordan for all of the things.

  • Maguita NYC

    That was my fist thought too, but add to it a dash of Jared Leto cheese.
    Maybe he is their lovechild?

  • zeke_the_pig

    Times like this I realise Jabba knew what he was doing, freezing Han in carbonite all those years ago: he was just making sure that Han could play Han in the inevitable prequels of their lives. Jabba knew what was up. They all called him the most paranoid protoplasmic slug this side of Mos Eisley, but Jabba knew what was up: some Truman Show-in space shit. But Jabba values the sacred nature of spectacle above all else. So why not save the best thing about the whole enterprise? Freeze Han in carbonite. Say what you want about the most paranoid protoplasmic slug this side of Mos Eisley, he sure holy shit I've only been awake 5 minutes and this is the first thing I decided to do I need some coffee right now...

  • L.O.V.E.

    For Leia, maybe go a bit younger with Chloe Grace Moretz?
    Other acceptable answers: Hailee Steinfeld or Elizabeth Olson.

  • mairimba

    YES! Hailee Steinfeld.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    Even, younger, if you want to take any time to set up the story of someone who was 18 at the beginning of A New Hope. A 12 year old princess being groomed to join a rebel alliance has promise, if they don't turn it into intergalactic Hunger Games or Snow White. or Joan of Arc.

  • L.O.V.E.

    That makes sense, until you remember Jake Lloyd. (shudders)

  • llp

    I am not convinced by Anna Kendrick, but Michael B. Jordan, though, is a definite yessssss.

  • psykins

    My loins cannot abide this potential casting. Han Solo is/was/will forever be my perfect fuck. Zac Efron is...not.

  • Not that it matters. Regardless of who they cast, fanboys would go see it regardless.

  • Duvall

    Wait, isn't Anna Kendrick like ten years older than Fisher was when she filmed Episode IV?

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