In order to play a young Han Solo in Disney and Lucasfilm's forthcoming prequel, does The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams think the actors should study Star Wars: A New Hope? Nope! He thinks they should study Indiana Jones instead. "Watch Raiders of the Lost Ark. It’ll all be right there."
Screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan previously stated that the Han Solo prequel wouldn't focus on the character's childhood but would instead, pick up about 10 years before the events of A New Hope. Actors on the shortlist include Miles Teller, Ansel Elgort, Dave Franco, Jack Reynor, Scott Eastwood Logan Lerman, Emory Cohen and and Blake Jenner. Fans should remember that Disney has a history of seldom picking names that emerge on the initial shortlist so just because your personal pick may not be listed that doesn't necessarily mean they're not in the running.
Director Chris Miller and Phil Lord are currently knee deep in the casting process with Lucasfilm's Kathleen Kennedy. A decision is expected to be announced very soon as there's talk that whoever is cast may appear in Rouge One: A Star Wars story, another prequel film set before the events of A New Hope..