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Alden Ehrenreich, Taron Egerton And Jack Reynor On Final Shortlist For Young Han Solo

...and then there were three (and maybe a few others). Disney has been holding "secret" auditions and tests for the lead of the "young Han Solo" spinoff movie for its "Star Wars" franchise, and the list of contenders bandied about has featured names like Miles Teller, Ansel Elgort, Dave Franco, Scott Eastwood, Logan Lerman, Emory CohenBlake JennerNick Robinson, Colton Haynes, Max Thieriot, Leo HowardTony OllerChandler RiggsHunter Parrish, Rami Malek, Landon LiboironEd Westwick, Tom Felton and Joshua Sasse (phew!) but it appears that the studio has found their final three. Read More: What To Expect From The 'Star Wars' Spin-Offs, And Why They May Be A Mistake  THR reports that Alden Ehrenreich ("Hail, Caesar!"), Taron Egerton ("Kingsman: The Secret Service") and Jack Reynor ("Transformers") are on the final shortlist for the Phil Lord and Chris Miller...
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'Star Wars': Does Han Solo Have a Brother, and Is It One of These Guys?

'Star Wars': Does Han Solo Have a Brother, and Is It One of These Guys?
Last month, a new report claimed that Disney and LucasFilm had narrowed down their final candidates to play the iconic Han Solo in their upcoming Star Wars Anthology adventure. The finalists included Miles Teller, Ansel Elgort, Dave Franco, Jack Reynor, Scott Eastwood, Logan Lerman, Emory Cohen and Blake Jenner, who were part of a much larger field of candidates who were mentioned in a separate report from December. Today we have a new report from Star Wars News Net that claims two more actors are up for the role, who weren't previously mentioned, Taron Egerton and Alden Ehrenreich. But there may be an unexpected twist that no one saw coming!

Last year, Taron Egerton mentioned that he would love to play Han Solo in the upcoming Star Wars Anthology: Han Solo, but he wasn't among the several actors mentioned who had auditioned for the role. Others who reportedly tested to
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Will This Iconic 'Star Wars' Character Cameo in 'Rogue One'?

Will This Iconic 'Star Wars' Character Cameo in 'Rogue One'?
Yesterday, a new report revealed Disney and LucasFilm's casting short list for their second Star Wars spinoff Han Solo. The studio has already set a May 25, 2018 release date, with production scheduled to begin in January 2017. Buried within Variety's report is an intriguing yet unconfirmed detail, which claims that whoever lands the Han Solo role will also make an appearance in this year's Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

The report claims there is still one month left of principal photography on Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, and that Han Solo may have a small cameo in this spinoff, before moving on to the Han Solo standalone. Both Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and the Han Solo spinoff take place in the waning years between Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith and Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope. Screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan confirmed earlier this
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One of These Actors Will Probably Be the Next Han Solo

One of These Actors Will Probably Be the Next Han Solo
With Star Wars: The Force Awakens currently shredding box office records left and right, fan interest in this beloved franchise has never been higher. Production is still under way on the first spinoff Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, which hits theaters this December, with filming starting soon on Star Wars: Episode VIII, in theaters May 2017. After those two adventures arrive, Star Wars Anthology: Han Solo is set to debut in May 2018, which offers new insight into the iconic Han Solo character, set 10 years before Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope. Today, Variety reports that Disney and LucasFilm are close to finding the actor who will play the young Han Solo, with the short list narrowed down to approximately a dozen candidates.

These contenders who have made the cut include Miles Teller, Ansel Elgort, Dave Franco, Jack Reynor, Scott Eastwood, Logan Lerman, Emory Cohen and Blake Jenner. Last month,
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Thousands audition for Han Solo role in stand-alone movie

Quite literally thousands of young actors are auditioning for the role of a young Han Solo in Chris Miller and Phil Lord‘s stand-alone Star Wars movie.

The Hollywood Reporter reports that Disney and the film’s casting director are spreading their net far and wide to cast the movie, which will be released in 2018. “This has been the easiest movie to audition for. They are seeing everyone,” an agent said to the trade.

Big names have also gone in for auditions too, with the likes of Dave Franco, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Miles Teller, Nick Robinson, Leo Howard, Tony Oller, Chandler Riggs,Hunter Parrish, Rami Malek, Landon Liboiron, Ed Westwick, Tom Felton, Joshua Sasse, Logan Lerman, Ansel Elgort, Jack Reynor, Colton Haynes, and Max Thieriot all up for the coveted role.

The list of actors seen is said to be around the 2500 mark with any decision yet to be made. The
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Which of These Actors Is the Next Han Solo?

Which of These Actors Is the Next Han Solo?
While fans eagerly await the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens in just 16 days, the rest of the Star Wars universe is starting to take shape. The first spinoff Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (December 16, 2016) and Star Wars: Episode VIII (May 26, 2017) are both currently in production. Today we have word from Heat Vision Blog that casting is already under way for Disney and LucasFilm's next adventure, the Star Wars Anthology: Han Solo Movie, which is set for release on May 25, 2018. More than 2,500 actors have reportedly tested for the iconic role of a younger Han Solo, including Dave Franco and The Walking Dead star Chandler Riggs.

The production is casting a wide net for the role, asking talent agencies to submit clients ranged from 18 years old to 32 years old, although there are a handful of actors outside of that age range who have read for the part. Chandler Riggs,
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2,500 Actors Audition For Young Han Solo

Auditions for Lucasfilm's Han Solo "Star Wars" anthology film are reportedly underway with over 2,500 actors having tried out for the role of the younger version of Harrison Ford's character says Heat Vision.

Though previously producer Kathleen Kennedy said the character would be in his late teens/early 20's, they've auditioned numerous actors well into their thirties. Amongst the candidates who have tried out or who are under consideration:

Aaron Taylor-Johnson ("Avengers: Age of Ultron"), Miles Teller ("Fantastic Four"), Hunter Parish ("Weeds"), Dave Franco ("21 Jump Street"), Rami Malek ("Mr. Robot"), Chandler Riggs ("The Walking Dead"), Leo Howard ("Kickin' It"), Nick Robinson ("Jurassic World"), Ansel Elgort ("The Fault in Our Stars"), Jack Reynor ("Transformers: Age of Extinction"), Logan Lerman ("Fury,"), Landon Liboiron ("Hemlock Grove"), Colton Haynes ("Arrow"), Max Thieriot (“Bates Motel"), Ed Westwick ("Gossip Girl"), Tom Felton ("Harry Potter") and Joshua Sasse ("Galavant") and Tony Oller ("The Purge").

Filming on
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Report Suggests Disney Has Tested Just About Every Young Actor Under The Sun For Han Solo Spinoff

Harrison Ford may be considered irreplaceable when it comes to Indiana Jones, but with Phil Lord and Chris Miller cooking up a Star Wars prequel film, there will come a time when the actor has to pass on the vest and blaster to a young Han Solo.

With a tentative May 25, 2018 release date in place, sources close to the project tell The Hollywood Reporter that Disney is searching far and wide for the right young actor to assume the role, with everyone from Aaron Taylor-Johnson to Mr. Robot‘s Rami Malek lining the purported shortlist. In fact, it’s said that the open nature of the screening process means that a staggering 2,500 actors have submitted their pitch, be that in the form of a personal recording or meeting with Disney and Lucasfilm directly.

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Production isn’t set to get underway until January of 2017, meaning that
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Lucasfilm Is on the Hunt For Young Han Solo; 2,500 Actors Have Auditioned

Don't get cocky, kids! Lucasfilm and Disney are on a massive hunt to find the perfect actor to take on the role of a young Han Solo for the A Star Wars Story standalone film being developed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller.

The studio put out one of the biggest casting searches ever for the part, and according to THR, 2,500 actors have auditioned for the project so far. They've either met with casting directors or have sent in audition tapes to try and nab one of the most coveted movie roles ever. 

Casting director Jeanne McCarthy is leading the charge on this mission to find the perfect young actor to put on the vest. She worked with Lord and Miller on casting the Jump Street movies. According to a casting agent in the industry:

"This has been the easiest movie to audition for. They are seeing everyone."

That's pretty
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Dave Franco, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Rami Malek, Miles Teller & More Auditioning For Han Solo 'Star Wars' Spinoff

So, just how valuable and important is Han Solo as a brand to "Star Wars"? The spinoff movie, slated to be directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller, isn't due to start shooting until over a year from now in January 2017 — and yet, casting has already begun for the lead role, and the net is being thrown very, very wide. THR reports that more than 2,500 actors have met or have put themselves on tape for the movie, and unlike J.J. Abrams, who wanted to go with largely unknown actors for the leads in "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," bigger stars are being turned away from the Han Solo movie. Dave Franco, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Miles Teller, Nick Robinson ("Jurassic World"), Logan Lerman, Ansel Elgort, Jack Reynor, Colton Haynes, Max Thieriot, Leo Howard ("Kickin' It"), Tony Oller ("The Purge"), Chandler Riggs ("The Walking Dead"), Hunter Parrish, Rami Malek, Landon Liboiron ("Hemlock Grove"), Ed Westwick,
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'Purge 3' Is Happening with Original Director James DeMonaco

'Purge 3' Is Happening with Original Director James DeMonaco
After writing and directing back-to-back low-budget hits with last year's The Purge and this summer's The Purge: Anarchy, filmmaker James DeMonaco has been set to write The Purge 3, with an eye to direct as well.

No story details were given, but the first two movies were set during the annual "purge," a 12-hour period where all crime in America is legal, including murder. Sebastien Lemercier will return to produce, alongside Blumhouse Prodcution's Jason Blum and Platinum Dunes' Michael Bay, Bradley Fuller and Andrew Form.

Here's what James DeMonaco had to say about the franchise in a statement to Deadline.

"I never imagined that The Purge would become the phenomenon it has become, and I am thrilled to continue my collaboration with Blumhouse, Sebastien Lemercier, Platinum Dunes and the great team at Universal in building The Purge into a worldwide franchise."

The Purge earned $89.3 million worldwide during its theatrical run
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Jimmy Kimmel Talks ‘Lost’ 10-Year Anniversary With Actor-Turned-Pop Star Malcolm David Kelley (Video)

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Jimmy Kimmel Talks ‘Lost’ 10-Year Anniversary With Actor-Turned-Pop Star Malcolm David Kelley (Video)
Malcolm David Kelley was just a little kid when he premiered as Walt on ABC's “Lost.” On the 10th anniversary of the premiere of the headache-inducing hit show, Jimmy Kimmel tracked him down in Kansas City to see how he planned to celebrate. All grown up now, Kelley is part of the pop duo Mkto with Tony Oller. The band, best known for their hit “Classic,” is on tour with Demi Lovato. See photos: 62 Fall TV Actors Ranked by Popularity Kimmel asked him about Vincent, his dog from the island on “Lost.” Kelley laughed, “Man it's crazy you say that,
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The Guy Who Played Walt on Lost Is in a Band and They Have a Hit Song

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The Guy Who Played Walt on Lost Is in a Band and They Have a Hit Song
It's true: Malcolm David Kelly, who once played the illusive Walt on Lost and the ill-fated Lil Saint from You Got Served, is now one half of Mkto. Tony Oller ("To") is the other half, and together they've got a song you might have already heard on the radio. "Classic" is insanely catchy, the type of song deserving of the Song of Summer title. What's it like having the power to infect the world with an earworm? We asked the boys of Mkto:I know “Classic” actually came out last summer, and you guys have been touring with it for a while. Does it feel like it’s gotten too old to perform? Are you over it yet? Malcolm: No, you never really get that feeling. Sometimes it feels like we’re performing it a lot, but it’s actually a good time. Every time we perform it and everybody is singing along,
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The Purge and Curse of Chucky Come to Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights

The Purge and Curse of Chucky Come to Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights
Universal Studios Hollywood's premier Halloween event, "Halloween Horror Nights," continues to unlock the terror that torments movie-goers with the announcement of two new original scare-zones: The Purge, based on Universal Pictures' summer blockbuster and upcoming Blu-ray and DVD release, and Universal Studios Home Entertainment's Blu-ray, DVD and Digital debut of Curse of Chucky, an all-new movie where Chucky returns to horrify viewers in the latest unrated chapter of the blood-soaked suspense saga. "Halloween Horror Nights" begins on Friday, September 20, 2013.

Designed to provoke an unrelenting sense of fear for "Halloween Horror Nights" guests, numerous scare-zones will be riddled throughout the event to consistently terrify and traumatize them at every unsuspecting twist and turn.

The provocative box-office blockbuster, The Purge, will come to life as "The Purge: Survive the Night." As guests enter the theme park, they will be thrust into the depraved world of The Purge, a sordid tale
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Malcolm David Kelley - Walt from 'Lost' - made a music video, and it's amazing

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Malcolm David Kelley is living proof that child actors don't have to embark on a shame spiral culminating in calling the leader of the free world and his wife "ugly" -- ahem, Amanda Bynes. Walt from "Lost" decided to use his time in a much more productive manner, and we can't get enough of what he's created. 

Making up half of the pop duo Mkto, Kelley and fellow actor Tony Oller (Disney Channel's "As the Bell Rings") just released the music video for their single, "Classic" -- and it is absolutely amazing for so many reasons. 

There is nothing Nsfw about this timeless, catchy tune, as Kelley and Oller obviously don't seem to feel the need to prove to everyone that they're "all grown up." They just let their music speak for them. The dance-ready, toe-tapping beat is coupled with complimentary, mature, smooth lyrics sung by Oller and rapped by Kelley.
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Watch Mkto Perform Their Summer-Ready Single "Thank You" and Talk Their "Unique" Sound

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Watch Mkto Perform Their Summer-Ready Single
Malcolm Kelley and Tony Oller first met as costars on the Nickelodeon series Gigantic, and it wasn't long before the onscreen best friends struck up a creative collaboration behind the scenes. The pair joined forces to form Mkto, a musical duo blending pop and hip-hop. Their first single, "Thank You," cracked the Billboard Top 40 and made a splash around the world. The pair stopped by Popsugar Live! today to perform an acoustic version of the track as they put the finishing touches on their debut album, which is due out on Columbia Records soon.
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Watch Mkto Perform Their Summer-Ready Single "Thank You" and Talk Their "Unique" Sound

Malcolm Kelley and Tony Oller first met as costars on the Nickelodeon series Gigantic, and it wasn't long before the onscreen best friends struck up a creative collaboration behind the scenes. The pair joined forces to form Mkto, a musical duo blending pop and hip-hop. Their first single, "Thank You," cracked the Billboard Top 40 and made a splash around the world. The pair stopped by Popsugar Live! today to perform an acoustic version of the track as they put the finishing touches on their debut album, which is due out on Columbia Records soon.
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Horror Easily Beats Comedy at Box Office

The Purge movie box office (photo: Ethan Hawke in The Purge) Writer-director James DeMonaco’s micro-budgeted, R-rated The Purge movie easily topped the domestic box office this past weekend despite (or perhaps because of) its inane premise: in a peaceful world, a family is held hostage during a 12-hour period when every single form of crime is made legal. Made for a reported $3 million, according to Box Office Mojo The Purge grossed $34.05 million — possibly as a result of poor word of mouth, down a hefty $2 million from Sunday estimates released by distributor Universal. The Purge received a C score from opening-weekend audiences, according to CinemaScore. Now, bear in mind that The Purge may have cost only $3 million to make, but Universal Pictures surely spent quite a bit more than that — probably something in the low eight-figure range — to market the film. Paranormal Activity 2, for one, also cost $3 million, but
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The Purge 2 Moves Forward at Universal Pictures

The Purge 2 Moves Forward at Universal Pictures
Following a very successful opening weekend at the box office, Universal Pictures is moving forward with a sequel to The Purge. Jason Blum is returning to produce the follow-up, although no cast members have been confirmed.

The sequel has already gotten conditional approval for a $2.25 million tax credit through California's Film and Television Tax Credit program. However, in order to secure this credit, shooting must begin by the end of this year, at the latest, and the production must meet several other requirements.

The Purge starred Ethan Hawke and Lena Headey as parents in a gated community who try to survive the annual event known as The Purge, where all crime is legal for a 12-hour period. James DeMonaco wrote and directed this thriller, but it isn't known if he will return to the helm.

The Purge was produced on a budget of just $3 million, so, with a $2.25 million credit waiting in the wings,
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Exclusive: Ethan Hawke Talks The Purge

Exclusive: Ethan Hawke Talks The Purge
As we reported yesterday, Universal Pictures' The Purge is a hit with audiences at the box office, taking in an impressive $36.3 million in its opening weekend. A big part of this success is star Ethan Hawke and producer Jason Blum, who teamed up last year for the horror film Sinister. Ethan Hawke plays James Sandin in The Purge, a father and husband whose world is upended when criminals invade his gated community during the one night out of the year that every crime is fully legal. Todd Gilchrist sat down with the star and producer recently, and you can see what they both had to say in our exclusive video interview.

The Purge Exclusive: Ethan Hawke

The Purge Exclusive: Producer Jason Blum

The Purge was released June 7th, 2013 and stars Ethan Hawke, Lena Headey, Max Burkholder, Adelaide Kane, Edwin Hodge, Rhys Wakefield, Tony Oller, Arija Bareikis. The film is directed by James DeMonaco.
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