Disney will soon cast its next scruffy-looking nerf herder, as the upcoming young Han Solo movie is reportedly close to finding its lead. Early reports claimed thousands of young actors had auditioned for the role, but recent rumors suggest that the list of contenders has been narrowed to include Alden Ehrenreich, Taron Egerton, Jack Reynor, and Emory Cohen.
While it remains to be seen who will be the next person to don the iconic vest and blaster, the original Solo has some words of wisdom for his possible replacements: run.
Making a surprise appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Harrison Ford weighed in on the upcoming movie and warned any future Han Solos to be careful. After all — spoiler alert for The Force Awakens, a movie that has made more than $2 billion worldwide in ticket sales — you never know when you could be unceremoniously killed off and replaced with a younger actor.
“Don’t do it,” Ford said. “First it seems like everything’s going swimmingly, and you put in 25, 30 years, and then they just let you go. And they show you the door and say, ‘We’re done with you, thanks very much.’”
Ford was also quick to correct DeGeneres when she referred to the project as the “new Han Solo” movie.
“It’s worse than that,” he told her. “It’s a young Han Solo.”
Directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller are helming the new project, with Empire Strikes Back writer Lawrence Kasdan and his son, Jon, writing the script.
The new young Han Solo movie is scheduled to hit theaters on May 25, 2018.