Star Wars: Recasting the original and prequel trilogies for the 2020s

Brie Larson/Will Smith/Tom Holland. Composite: Dork Side of the Force.
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Taron Egerton
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 19: Taron Egerton attends the 26th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 19, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images) /

23. Taron Egerton as Han Solo

I’m sure someone was wondering when we’d get to the third member of the original trilogy’s iconic trio, and it’s no easy task to fill the shoes of someone like Harrison Ford. While he wasn’t nearly as known when the original trilogy came to be, Harrison Ford’s later performances in the Indiana Jones and Blade Runner franchises were part of what made him a major leading man in Hollywood.

We’ve already seen Han Solo portrayed by another man, as Alden Ehrenreich had the opportunity to play a younger version of the character in Solo: A Star Wars Story. Seeking out a new face to play Solo, particularly for the original trilogy, could see an intriguingly British take on the character through Taron Egerton.

While Egerton is just 12 days older than Alden Ehrenreich, a little facial hair is all it would take for Egerton to embody the slightly older scoundrel seen during the original trilogy. Egerton first made his mark by staring as Eggsy in Kingsman: The Secret Service and Kingsman: The Golden Circle, but later went to deliver a performance as Elton John in Rocketman that earned him a Golden Globe Award.

While he’d undoubtedly bring a different angle to the character than was delivered by either Harrison Ford or Alden Ehrenreich, Taron Egerton would be a fascinating choice to watch take on the role of Han Solo in a recasting of Star Wars.