'Star Wars' Buzz: Why 'Daredevil' Actor Didn't Play Han Solo

'Star Wars' Buzz: Why 'Daredevil' Actor Didn't Play Han Solo

Jun 17, 2016

Charlie Cox

Harrison Ford was not George Lucas' first choice to play Han Solo in Star Wars. The director considered actors like Kurt Russell, Nick Nolte, Sylvester Stallone and Bill Murray before deciding to go with Ford.

So it should really be no surprise that thousands of actors were reportedly considered to play a younger version of Ford. By January of this year, the candidates had been narrowed considerably; the list included Miles Teller (Fantastic Four) and Dave Franco (Now You See Me 2), who have both spoken about their auditions.

Teller said: "I had never even seen any of the original Star Wars movies until maybe a month or a couple weeks before my first audition because I was like, ‘I should check this out’ (laughs). It holds up. I just love Harrison Ford, I think that’s a great character."

For his part, Franco acknowledged the challenges of casting Han Solo. Watch the video below to hear his comments on the audition process and the role.


Alden Ehrenreich was finally cast last month, putting to rest any further speculation, but we're still curious about other actors who were considered. Charlie Cox, who has won considerable acclaim for his portrayal of blind attorney Matt Murdock in the Netflix series Daredevil, is "pretty sure" he auditioned, but says that his dedication to playing the sightless superhero may have cost him a big opportunity.


Cox told The Hollywood Reporter: "I had gone to an audition -- one of those things that are super secretive and they don’t tell you, but I’m pretty sure it was for the Han Solo reboot -- and halfway through it, the casting director stopped me and said, ‘Why aren’t you looking at me?’ I realized I had gotten into a habit of not making eye contact, because the only thing I had done for two years is play someone who is blind. I never got invited back, probably because they couldn’t figure out why I was acting like a complete idiot.”

Poor guy! He's a talented actor and we're sure he'll have plenty of great roles in the future. Not yet titled, the Han Solo spin-off movie will open in theaters on May 25, 2018.

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