The World Doesn't Need a Young Han Solo

The World Doesn't Need a Young Han SoloDespite how efficiently Star Wars: The Force Awakens manipulates nostalgia, much of the success of the movie—now the highest-grossing film ever made—can be ascribed to what’s fresh about it. Fans seem to be most excited by the new characters Rey, Finn, Poe, and Kylo Ren, and the diverse faces in the young cast are being touted as a model for big-budget Hollywood filmmaking going forward. So the Star Wars franchise, diminished by George Lucas’s prequels, is now guaranteed to chug along for years as Disney prepares a slate of sequels, prequels, and spinoffs, and today a shortlist of actors being considered to play a young Han Solo leaked online. It couldn’t have felt more anticlimactic.

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