Al Pacino reveals why he turned down ‘Star Wars’

'Scarface' actor was offered the role of Han Solo

Al Pacino has revealed why he turned down Star Wars.

The Scarface actor was one of several actors offered the role of Han Solo, which eventually went to Harrison Ford. During the An Evening With Al Pacino event in London last weekend, the Oscar-winning actor admitted he found the script too complex, reports The The Daily Telegraph.

He told the audience:

It was mine for the taking but I didn’t understand the script.

The role of Han Solo launched Harrison Ford’s career, but originally director George Lucas wanted an actor he had never worked with before – the pair had previously collaborated on American Graffiti. Jack Nicholson, Chevy Chase and Bill Murray were all reportedly considered.

Last weekend, The Sun reported that Florence And The Machine‘s Florence Welch was being lined up for a role in the new Star Wars trilogy.

The newspaper said that studio executives are keen to make unexpected casting decisions rather than use established A-list actresses, and that Welch is being considered for a “major part” in the sci-fi franchise, which is being helmed by director JJ Abrams.

Lucasfilm – which is now owned by Disney – has slated Star Wars: Episode VII for release in 2015 and hired Toy Story 3 writer Michael Arndt to pen the script. Original cast members Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill have all hinted very strongly that they will be returning.