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Before the Hollywood trades post multiple stories about the short list of actors on tap to play young Han Solo in the new "Star Wars" standalone film that will reportedly focus on the origin of the famed space smuggler, there's some list-making to undertake. As Movies.com editor Erik Davis joked on Twitter, "Well, first there will be dozens of '10 actors who'd make a great Han Solo.'" To which HuffPost Entertainment says [starts typing, sighs].

But why can't casting young Han Solo be fun? First of all, it's a real challenge: As Vulture's Kyle Buchanan wrote in 2011, there's a paucity of young actors in Hollywood, especially when compared to the incredible amount of talented young actresses. (If Han Solo were a woman, Jennifer Lawrence, Emma Stone, Rooney Mara, Blake Lively, Emma Watson, Saoirse Ronan and Kristen Stewart would be on the list of potential stars; alas.) Second, O.G. Han Solo -- a. »


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