Actor Taron Egerton Reveals Why He Didn’t Play Han Solo in 2018 Solo: A Star Wars Story.
On Twitter, Josh Horowitz shared a snippet of an interview with Egerton on the Happy Sad Confused podcast. In the interview, Egerton revealed that he boarded the Millenium Falcon, Solo’s ship, alongside Chewbacca and in full costume. However, afterwards he decided not to participate in the next round of auditions. “I just didn’t feel it,” he said. Egerton continued, “Nobody ever wants to follow Harrison Ford, you know? So yeah, that didn’t happen.”
Who are Han Solo and Taron Egerton?
First introduced in 1977 Star Wars: A New Hope, Solo is a smuggler from the planet Corellia. He plays a key role in helping Luke Skywalker defeat the Galactic Empire and eventually marries Leia Organa. In the sequel trilogy, Solo was killed by his son, Ben Solo. Since his introduction, Solo has remained one of the most popular characters in the Star Wars franchise.
Egerton is an actor who is perhaps best known for his role as Eggsy Unwin in the Kingsman franchise. Additionally, he played Elton John in the 2019s. The Rocket Man and played in the years 2022 Black bird.
What is Solo: A Star Wars Story?
Centered on the titular smuggler, Solo: A Star Wars Story was the second of Lucasfilm’s anthology films set in the galaxy far, far away. The project explored Han’s early adventures and how he came to be involved in the underworld. Along the way, he encounters classic characters such as Chewbacca and Lando Calrissian. The film also introduced a number of new cast members who have become increasingly important to the universe, including Qi’ra, a mobster played by Emilia Clarke.
Solo: A Star Wars Story had a notoriously tumultuous production. Originally Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, who are known for their work on titles such as 2014’s The Lego Movie, led the project. However, they were eventually fired from the project, with Ron Howard replacing them and directing numerous revivals. These helped bump the budget to between $275 million and $300 million, one of the highest for a film. However, Solo: A Star Wars Story only grossed just over $390 million at the worldwide box office, making it a major bombshell and Disney losing money on the project. Reviews for the project weren’t particularly strong, and the film holds a 69% on Rotten Tomatoes. Still, the film was nominated for an Oscar for Best Visual Effects.
Solo: A Star Wars Story is available to stream now on Disney+.