Starting this December, the Star Wars saga is back in a big way. The Force Awakens (and subsequent “Episodes”) will alternate with standalone “Anthology” films going forward each year, and news about exactly which stories these spinoff adventures will tell has already starting pouring in.
While Star Wars: Rogue One will largely center on characters new to the franchise, a number of other rumored projects may give fan-favorite characters like Obi-wan Kenobi another shot at the spotlight. However, one of the most persistent of these has been the Han Solo film, which has now been confirmed from The Lego Movie directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller.
Now the issue becomes who should take on Harrison Ford’s iconic role as the “scruffy-looking nerf herder” that first won audience hearts in 1977. Yahoo! Movies! recently caught up with Josh Holloway of Lost fame, and the actor – who has previously declared his Star Wars fandom – is still keen on playing Han Solo on the big screen. Here’s what he had to say:
“Damn. I’d love to do it. I love Han Solo… They’d never ask me, but I’d love to be Han Solo…You know, I got to arrest Han Solo in a movie once. I grabbed him, pulled his hands behind his back, cuffed him. He turned around and said to me, ‘You’re losing it, boy.’ Then I stuffed him in a car. But that might be as close as I get to Han Solo.”
Holloway’s role alongside Ford in the 2013 thriller Paranoia notwithstanding, the chances that Lucasfilm would recruit him to star in the Han Solo film are truly slim. The upcoming spinoff film (as discussed on the most recent episode of the Screen Rant Underground) reportedly aims to tell Han’s origin story, and the 45-year-old Holloway is already roughly a decade older than Ford was when he first played the role.
However, Holloway proved as Sawyer on Lost that he can play the “bad boy with a heart of gold” part better than most and has undeniable onscreen charisma. He might not be right for the role of a roguish young Solo onscreen, but the actor has long been rumored for a number of high-profile franchise roles, including a few Marvel heroes. With so many shared cinematic universes cropping up, it seems inevitable that Holloway will find his way into one of them, perhaps even somewhere in a galaxy far, far away.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits theaters on December 18, 2015, followed by Star Wars: Rogue One on December 16, 2016, Star Wars: Episode VIII on May 26th, 2017, and the Han Solo Anthology film on May 25th, 2018. Star Wars: Episode IX does not have an official release date yet.
Source: Yahoo! Movies