Latest Star Wars Spin-off Rumour Has Taron Egerton Up For Han Solo

Taron Egerton Han Solo
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Ever since it was announced that there would be a number of Star Wars spin-off films set to go into production to be released biennially in between the new trilogy, just what these films would focus on has been the subject of much speculation. From Yoda, to Boba Fett, a number of memorial characters have popped up in the six currently released films as the possible subjects of a film.

The most recent rumours, and the ones that seem to have been the most enduring, is that one of the potential films will centre around former smuggler-turned-Rebel Alliance hero Han Solo.

According to sources attached to the film that have spoken to Britain’s The Sun, the film will explore how Han came into possession of his beloved ship, the Millennium Falcon (by winning her in a game of Sabacc from his mate Lando Calrissian, which he mentions to Leia in The Empire Strikes Back), and explores what lead to Han and Chewie dumping the load of spice leading to his fallout with crime lord, Jabba the Hutt and the price on his head which ultimately leads him to Luke Skywalker and the rebellion.

Towards the end of last year, Breaking Bad’s Aaron Paul was the name linked with the iconic role. However, that appears to have changed, according to The Sun, who report that Kingsman: The Secret Service’s Taron Egerton is in consideration for the role.

While these are still just rumours, and need to be taken as such, the writer of Kingsman, Mark Millar, posted the following tweet over the weekend:

A reference to the much-debated Solo/Greedo scene in the Mos Eisley cantina from Star Wars: A New Hope over just who shot first (the Special Edition claimed Solo), no doubt. He then posted this follow up tweet earlier today:

Does he know something more than us, or is he just winding us up?

This is not the only rumoured spin-off film currently being discussed. We know that the Gareth Edwards’ film is due for release December 2016. While the subject of that film has not been confirmed, many believe that this film concerns the bounty hunter Boba Fett.

However, before either of these films hits our screens, we’ve got the first of the new trilogy coming out later this year. Star Wars: The Force Awakens is released December 18.

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Clare Sidoti is 4 Your Excitement's Editor-at-Large. Clare has a BA (Theatre and Film Studies) from the University of New South Wales, Australia and an MA Theory and Practice of Human Rights from the University of Essex, UK. She currently works for an NGO that runs human rights training in the Asia Pacific region. You can find her on twitter with her eclectic musings on the arts, entertainment and human rights. Some of her favourite topics to cover include Darren Criss, Chris Colfer, Glee and Star Wars.
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