Han Solo is one of the most iconic characters in any genre, and he is definitely defined by Harrison Ford, the only actor to ever portray the space pirate on screen. So when former candidate to take on the role Dave Franco suggests that Disney and LucasFilm are struggling to recast a younger version of Han, we can understand why. There are a lot of variables at play in recreating a character that is so ingrained in people’s imaginations. No matter who lands the job, some fraction of the fan base is going to be greatly upset. There is just no way around that.
Last week we heard that Alden Ehrenreich, who steals plenty of scenes in this year’s Coen Brothers comedy caper Hail, Caesar!, is the front runner to play the legendary smuggler in the Star Wars Anthology: Han Solo movie. But Disney and Lucasfilm have reportedly tested almost every young male actor in Hollywood for the part. Including Dave Franco, brother of James. He recently shared some of the audition process with MTV. He had this to say about the experience.
“I went in one time for Jeanie McCarthy, who I’ve auditioned for a million times before, and we just had a really fun time together in the room. And then because of the nature of what it is, it just explodes everywhere. Everyone’s coming up and being like, ‘Dude what’s going on?’ and I’m like, ‘I don’t know, you know as much as me!'”
Dave Franco can’t do a Harrison Ford impression. Nor is he particularly good at channeling Han Solo’s signature mannerisms. While some might think that should exclude him right away, that’s not exactly how things are working on this second Star Wars spinoff. When asked if he had studied Harrison Ford’s Han Solo, Dave revealed this interesting piece of information.
“No, I’m not good with impressions or anything like that. I think that’s the reason why it’s so hard to cast this role. Do they want someone to perfectly embody who Harrison Ford is, or do they want to go a completely different route? Do they want someone to look really similar to him? I don’t know, I think they’re struggling with that.”
The Star Wars Anthology: Han Solo movie already has a May, 2018 release date in place. And it will go into production shortly after the currently shooting Star Wars: Episode VIII wraps. We should hear an official casting announcement soon. The movie is being directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller, known for such blockbuster hits as 21 Jump Street, The Lego Movie and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. Lawrence Kasdan is penning the screenplay with his son Jon. The movie will show how Han Solo and his co-pilot Chewbacca became smugglers before their fateful run-in with Luke, Ben and their two droids.