There are popular movie franchises, and then there’s Star Wars. Generations were brought up on the galaxy far, far away, and there’s been a ton of new content since Disney acquired Lucasfilm. This includes TV shows and a few standalone movies like Solo: A Star Wars Story. Actor Taron Egerton recently explained why he turned down playing Han Solo in that project, and how close he got to Harrison Ford’s iconic role.
Solo was the second standalone film to join the Star Wars franchise following Rogue One. It was a somewhat troubled set, with actor Alden Ehrenreich offering his own swagger as a young Han. There were rumors that Kingman actor Taron Egerton also nearly landed that role, and he recently got honest about it while appealing on the Happy Sad Confused podcast. As Egerton shared,
Talk about a close call. Not only was Taron Egerton up to play the title character of Solo: A Star Wars Story, but he got so far as entering the Millenium Falcon alongside Chewbacca. That’s already a dream come true for so many fans out there, but there was something about the role that Egerton didn’t respond to. And as such, he ultimately passed on the opportunity to play everyone’s favorite scruffy looking nerf herder.
Taron Egerton’s comments come from a longer appearance about his career on Happy Sad Confused, but eventually host Josh Horowitz turned the conversation to the rumors about him possibly playing X-Men’s Cyclops and/or Star Wars’ Han Solo. And now that it's been a number of years since Solo: A Star Wars Story hit theaters in 2018, Egerton felt like he could get honest about his brief experience in the beloved space opera.
Later in that same conversation, Taron Egerton addressed the elephant in the room when it comes to playing Han Solo: the great Harrison Ford. Han is one of the most beloved characters in the entire franchise, and Ford’s performance has everything to do with that. As Egerton put it,
Indeed, Alden Ehrenreich was the subject of countless comparisons to Harrison Ford from the moment he landed his role in Solo: A Star Wars Story. While he wasn’t blamed for the movie’s disappointing performance at the box office, it was definitely hard for fans to imagine someone else in the role.
Ultimately Solo stands out as the Star Wars franchise’s first box office failure, with plans for a sequel scrapped and standalone films put on hold. But now that the Skywalker Saga has come to an end, filmmakers should once again be given the freedom to explore corners of the galaxy far, far away.
Taika Waititi is set to be the first filmmaker stepping up to the plate for Star Wars, since Patty Jenkins’ Rogue Squadron was put on indefinite hold. In the meantime, check out the 2022 movie release dates to plan your next movie experience.
Corey was born and raised in New Jersey. Double majored in theater and literature during undergrad. After working in administrative theater for a year in New York, he started as the Weekend Editor at CinemaBend. He's since been able to work himself up to reviews, phoners, and press junkets-- and is now able to appear on camera with some of his famous actors... just not as he would have predicted as a kid.
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