Harrison Ford Jokingly Tells Actors Vying for Young Han Solo Role, "Don't Do It"

"Not a new Han Solo," Ford clarified. "It's worse than that. It's a young Han Solo."
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Harrison Ford and Ellen DeGeneres

When Harrison Ford stopped by The Ellen DeGeneres Show, for an episode that aired Tuesday, he shared a bit of advice for young Hollywood actors.

Particularly, for those in the running to play a young Han Solo in a Star Wars spinoff movie being made by Disney, Lucasfilm and filmmakers Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (21 Jump Street, The Lego Movie) and scheduled for 2018. Most recently, the shortlist has narrowed down to just a few names, including Alden Ehrenreich of Hail, Caesar!, Jack Reynor of Transformers: Age of Extinction and Taron Egerton of Kingsman.

"Not a new Han Solo," Ford clarified to Ellen DeGeneres of the coveted role he made famous in the original Star Wars trilogy. "It's worse than that. It's a young Han Solo."

Of the 2,500 actors who have either met with those in charge of casting or put themselves on tape, becoming part of one of the widest casting calls ever, Ford said, "I'm flattered."

What tips does he have for whichever young actor gets the gig? "Don't do it," he said, joking of his character's fate in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. "First, it seems like everything's going swimmingly, and you put in 25, 30 years, and then just, they just let you go. And they show you the door: 'We're done with you, thank you very much.' "

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