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L-R: Alden Ehrenrich (Photo: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images), Jack Reynor (Photo: Keith Tsuji/Getty Images for Paramount), Taron Egerton (Photo: Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)

While everyone is talking about how a 77-year-old Indiana Jones will work, other people are working out how to de-age Harrison Ford.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, three actors traveled to London last week to undertake tests for the part of a young Han Solo in the Star Wars spin-off movie due in 2018.

They were Alden Ehrenreich, most recently seen in the Coens’ Hail Caesar!; Jack Reynor, best known for Transformers: Age of Extinction; and Taron Egerton, star of The Kingsman and Eddie the Eagle.

The high level of secrecy surrounding Star Wars projects means that it’s unclear if these were costume tests or screen tests, and if there were others shortlisted. Reports suggest that thousands were considered, with a longlist of ten actors, including Miles Teller (star of Whiplash and the Divergent movies), Emory Cohen (Brooklyn) and Ansel Elgort (Fault in Our Stars) rumored to have met with the directors.

The size and scope of the casting call is testament to the ambition of the project. Han Solo is arguably the Star Wars¬†franchise’s most popular character, and the success of last year’s instalment The Force Awakens was down in part to Harrison Ford‘s reprisal of the role.

With this outing, The Lego Movie‘s Phil Lord and Christopher Miller are bringing the backstory of Corellia’s most famous smuggler to the big screen, in a project written by the father-son team of Lawrence and Jon Kasdan.

And if he’s still up for playing swashbuckling Indiana Jones, we wonder why no one’s suggested Harrison could do it…

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By Kat Sommers
Kat is a freelance writer for Anglophenia.