Does the Irish actor have what it takes for a Solo career?

By Jeff Labrecque
Updated February 09, 2016 at 02:24 PM EST
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Jack Reynor isn’t exactly Hollywood famous, but that could be about to change. Fans may have noticed the handsome 24-year-old Irish actor in Macbeth and Transformers: Age of Extinction, or they might have seen him in Sing Street, which recently debuted at the Sundance Film Festival. But the real attention-grabber was news that Reynor was one of actors reportedly on a shortlist to play a young Han Solo in the forthcoming Star Wars anthology movie from directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (The Lego Movie).

Curious fans can see Glassland when it opens on Feb. 12 to see if Reynor has the right brand of charm and intensity to play the galaxy’s greatest scoundrel. In the Irish film, directed by Gerard Barrett, Reynor plays a Dublin cab driver named John whose life goes from bad to worse when his mother’s alcoholism threatens to tear apart her family. Toni Collette plays the depressed mother who resists getting help despite John’s pleadings.

In this exclusive scene (above), she refuses to check in to the treatment center, and John can no longer take it. He explodes, berating her. But it’s his delivery of the final chorus of “You’re breaking my heart every single day,” that makes a convincing argument that, Solo or no Solo role, he’s one to watch.

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Reynor won a Special Jury Award at Sundance in 2015, and even if he doesn’t win the role of Han Solo, American audiences can see him in upcoming films from Jim Sheridan (The Secret Scripture) and Andy Serkis (Jungle Book: Origins).

Glassland, which also stars Will Poulter and Michael Smiley (Luther), opens in theaters and on-demand on Feb. 12.

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