With thousands of young actors having auditioned, the list has now been whittled down to a much more manageable number, with Variety reporting that the expected likes of Ansel Elgort (The Fault In our Stars), Miles Teller (Whiplash), Dave Franco (21 Jump Street), Jack Reynor (Transformers: Age Of Extinction), Scott Eastwood (Fury) and Logan Lerman (The Perks Of Being A Wallflower) are on it, alongside newer names such as Emory Cohen (The Place Beyond The Pines) and Blake Jenner (Glee).
The push is apparently for directors Chris Miller and Phil Lord (The Lego Movie) to make their choice in the next couple of weeks, which would also give time for whoever wins the role to potentially show up in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, set in the years shortly before Star Wars itself, and is currently in production for a 16 December release this year.
Apparently, the thinking is that the Lucasfilm team could take a page from Marvel's book and introduce the new Han in much the same way Tom Holland's (The Impossible) incarnation of Spider-Man will appear in Captain America: Civil War before his own film. Of course, all that part of the story remains firmly in rumour territory.
What is known is that Lord and Miller will be working from a script by Star Wars: The Force Awakens co-writer and Star Wars stalwart Lawrence Kasdan and his son Jon. The movie, whatever it ends up being called, is aiming for a 25 May 2018 release date. More news on whoever inherits Harrison Ford's blaster when we know it.