Ready for their Solo
More than 2,500 actors ages 18-32 — including Ansel Elgort, Dave Franco, Miles Teller, Logan Lerman, Tom Felton and Rami Malek — have auditioned for the role of the young Han Solo in the "Star Wars" spinoff directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller ("Guardians of the Galaxy"). "This has been the easiest movie to audition for," says an agent with a client who has auditioned. "They are seeing everyone."
CBS has ordered an additional seven episodes of "Supergirl," one of the fall's top-rated new shows. … "You're the Worst" has been renewed for a third season by FXX. … Amazon has picked up the new David E. Kelley show "Trial," about a disgraced lawyer (Billy Bob Thornton). … Cary Fukunaga, who directed the lauded first season of "True Detective," says he wanted nothing to do with Season 2 and hasn't seen any of it. "I think it was also set up for far too high expectations," he said.
What the doctor ordered
Peter Jackson has released a video hinting that he will direct a big-screen version of "Doctor Who." … Pixar is competing with itself in the Annie Awards, with "Inside Out" (14 nominations) and "The Good Dinosaur" (10) leading the pack. Rounding out the top five are Charlie Kaufman's "Anomalisa," "The Peanuts Movie" and "Shaun the Sheep." … Steven Spielberg expressed interest in making a fifth "Indiana Jones" movie, with one condition: "There is only going to be one actor playing Indiana Jones, and that's Harrison Ford." … The Phil Hartman biopic "Nice Guy Phil" will be directed by Jason Priestley. … Among the documentaries on the Oscar shortlist are "Amy," "He Named Me Malala" and "Going Clear."
Force of nature
In the very small subset of MacArthur genius grant winners who are also one of Entertainment Weekly's entertainers of the year, we have Lin-Manuel Miranda, creator of the Broadway smash "Hamilton" and soon to be the object of "Star Wars" geek fandom. J.J. Abrams revealed on "The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon" that Miranda wrote the song that accompanies the cantina scene in "The Force Awakens."