Charlie Cox Says He Auditioned for the Han Solo Star Wars Spin-Off

Thursday, 16 June 2016 - 12:31PM
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Thursday, 16 June 2016 - 12:31PM
Charlie Cox Says He Auditioned for the Han Solo Star Wars Spin-Off
Alden Ehrenreich has been cast as the young Han Solo, which was probably Hollywood's most coveted role for young actors for a while there. Prior to the casting, Disney auditioned literally thousands of actors for the part, from relative unknowns to big names like Miles Teller and The Walking Dead's Chandler Riggs. As it turns out, Disney might have cannibalized from Marvel to cast the role, as Daredevil star Charlie Cox says that he was brought in for an audition. And, sadly enough, he lost out on the role because he was just too immersed in Matt Murdock:

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"I had gone to an audition - one of those things that are super secretive and they don't tell you, but I'm pretty sure it was for the Han Solo reboot," he told THR. "And halfway through it, the casting director stopped me and said, 'Why aren't you looking at me?' I realized I had gotten into a habit of not making eye contact, because the only thing I had done for two years is play someone who is blind. I never got invited back, probably because they couldn't figure out why I was acting like a complete idiot."
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Cox is a talented actor, so it's a shame that he lost out on the role for a relatively arbitrary reason. But then again, he seems about the same age as Harrison Ford during A New Hope, so it wouldn't have made much sense to cast him for a prequel. He's still probably right that the audition was for Han Solo (Mr. Robot's Rami Malek tried out for the part, and he's one year older than Charlie Cox), but Ehrenreich is probably the more logical choice.

The Han Solo anthology film, which is expected to be titled Han Solo: A Star Wars Story, has no official release date yet, but is anticipated sometime in 2018.
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