Over the last year, the biggest spinoff film rumor has been that Han Solo will have his own stand-alone film. We know that these spinoffs will be origin stories, so we would be seeing Han Solo before he arrived in the cantina in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. Given that Harrison Ford is now in his seventies, he can't play a young Han Solo anymore, which begs an important question:
Han Solo is an iconic character, so casting him will be hard—and certainly not without controversy. We've seen iconic characters be recast before, though. Take Star Trek, for example. The greatest strength of the new Star Trek movies is their cast. Before they rebooted that series, people said you could never recast James T. Kirk. William Shatner's performance was just too legendary, they said. Then we got Chris Pine as Captain Kirk and he was easily and readily accepted as the captain. The same goes for the rest of the cast. So, it's not impossible.
Knowing that, who would you like to see cast as a young Han Solo?
Good question. With all of the Hollywood actors who Disney would doubtlessly consider (Liam Hemsworth, Shia, Sam Claflin), it's hard to pick. But people have brought up Anthony Ingruber, a little-known actor who has Han Solo impressions on YouTube, as well as other famous characters. People like his impressions. So, yeah, I would cast him. Just my opinion.
p.s. Sam Claflin is a great, underrated actor who has climbing fame in Hollywood, but I don't really see him as Han...
I have a hard time picturing anyone other than Harrison Ford playing Han Solo, and I can't imagine it would be satisfying to watch.
I've seen the YouTube kid... His resemblance to a young Harrison Ford is uncanny. He's got the right idea with his impressions, but needs to take them down a notch -- little bit over the top. I don't see it happening, but it IS fun to watch.
That guy's pretty good on the voice, but I wouldn't want to see a straight up Ford impression anyway. Chris Pine's approach to Captain Kirk in Star Trek is the right way to go. He embodies the spirit of the character, not the voice of the actor. He makes Captain Kirk his own, but gives you just enough Shatner so you can believe that it's the same character.