“I had never even seen any of the original 'Star Wars' movies until a month before”
Miles Teller has addressed rumours that he auditioned for the part of Han Solo in the untitled 2018 Star Wars prequel about the character’s origin.
The 2018 spin-off will tell the story of “how young Han Solo became the smuggler, thief, and scoundrel whom Luke Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi first encountered in the cantina at Mos Eisley”. Reports emerged in December that Disney and Lucasfilm had auditioned more than 2,500 actors for the role.
It will be directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller, the duo behind The Lego Movie and 21 Jump Street. Speaking to the happysadconfused podcast, Whiplash and Fantastic Four actor Teller did not go into details about his meeting with Lord and Miller, but did acknowledge meeting them. “I’ve met Lord and Miller before. There you go. I don’t know. If my career’s gonna come crashing down, it’s not going to be in your podcast.”
Teller has been linked to the Han Solo role numerous times over the past few months, though he has reportedly since been ruled out of the race, which is reportedly now limited to Taron Egerton (Kingsman: The Secret Service), Alden Ehrenreich (Hail, Caesar!), and Jack Reynor (Transformers: Age of Extinction).
Discussing the audition process further, Teller added that he had never seen the original films before auditioning and joked that he would cast Paul Giamatti as Solo. “I had never even seen any of the original Star Wars movies until maybe a month before, or a couple weeks before my first audition because I was like, ‘I should check this out’.
“It holds up. I just love Harrison Ford. I think it’s a great character. I love his brand, I mean so many guys would’ve played that part so wrong and he has humor at the right times, but he’s masculine… Harrison Ford is a very big actor, when you see the facial expressions and the things he does he goes big, but he’s just always the coolest guy in the room and he’s got all of those great qualities.”
Listen to the discussion below – talk turns to Teller’s Han Solo audition at around 14:50.
Speaking about the film in December, Harrison Ford said, “As far as the movie featuring a young Han Solo goes, I don’t know what to think about that. I’m glad that somebody else is going to have the burden of being young. It’s well beyond my understanding and control and I of course want nothing to do with it, in the nicest possible way. But I know it will be well done. It’s just nothing to do with me.”
Disney and Lucasfilm have given the currently untitled Han Solo spin-off film a release date of May 25, 2018. It will be the second in the so-called “Anthology Series” of Star Wars spin-off films following Rogue One, which is being directed by Godzilla‘s Gareth Edwards for a December 16, 2016 release.