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These 11 rising stars are auditioning to be the next Han Solo — what you need to know about them

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Getting cast in a "Star Wars" movie will change your life.

While it might not pay a lot, it will bring you international fame. There will also likely be an action figure made out of you.

Earlier this year, Disney announced that it's planning a prequel focused on Han Solo. It will be directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller ("The Lego Movie") and open in theaters in 2018.

As soon as it was announced, people speculated who, if anybody, could possibly replace Harrison Ford, who played Han Solo in the original "Star Wars" trilogy.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, around 2,500 actors auditioned to play young Solo. While that complete list has not been released, some of the names have been discovered. They include actors who are on their way to major stardom. This franchise made stars out of Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher, and will likely do the same for John Boyega and Daisy Ridley in the upcoming "The Force Awakens." 

Here are 11 actors who auditioned to play the young Han Solo — and what you need to know about them:

Rami Malek, 34, is one of the many vying to be the next young Han Solo on film.



Malek had a breakout year in 2015. He earned rave reviews as eccentric hacker Elliot in the USA drama "Mr. Robot."



Dave Franco is the younger brother of actor James Franco.



See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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