Maybe one day in the future? (Picture: Getty/Lucas Films LTD)
Taron Egerton has revealed he came close to playing Han Solo in 2018’s Solo: A Star Wars Story.
The Rocketman star, 32, has lifted the lid on his audition process for the part of a young version of Harrison Ford’s iconic character in the prequel, which ended up going to Alden Ehrenreich.
However, Taron pulled out before the second round of auditions – and he hopes his fans aren’t ‘annoyed’ to find out he was within touching distance of the role.
Speaking on the Happy Sad Confused podcast, he spilled: ‘I’ll be honest, I got on the Falcon. I was with Chewie.
‘I was in the full costume … And there was one more … there was another round [of auditions] that I decided not to do. And it’s far enough in the past now that I feel like I can say that.’
He added: ‘I hope no one feels annoyed that I have said it.’
He dipped out after the first audition (Picture: Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)
Actual Han Solo Alden previously said he is open to reprising the iconic role, provided he feels the plot is right.
The 32-year-old actor took on the character in the prequel, but it failed to set the box office alight, with Disney later accepting they had released too many Star Wars movies too close together after acquiring the rights to the franchise when they bought Lucasfilm in 2012.
But, when asked if he would play Han Solo again, Alden said in 2020: ‘It depends on what it is. It depends on how it’s done. It depends if it feels innate to the story.’
So, while it’s not a no, he also insisted there were no official plans for a Solo sequel, despite the end of the movie giving possible plots.
Can you picture Taron Egerton as Han Solo instead of Alden Ehrenreich? (Picture: Disney)
‘I don’t know anything about that. I mean, you know, I think our movie was kind of the last of the conventional-era Star Wars movie releases.’
The Hail, Caesar! star went on to explain that he has heard rumours from the Star Wars universe that could see him reprise the role.
Saying he’s ‘heard some stuff, but nothing concrete’.
The Brave New World star made the decision to step away from the spotlight after featuring in the flick, which was directed by Ron Howard.
He explained that the process was ‘basically a three-year experience from pre-production to the release of the movie’, and he ‘just wanted to be a person’.
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Alden was craving ‘connecting with people’ in his life, so he wanted to ‘spend time and develop as a person outside of those worlds’.
He confessed that he had not kept up with the famous sci-fi franchise since appearing in Solo, revealing that he had not seen The Rise of Skywalker, or the acclaimed Disney+ TV series The Mandalorian.
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