Taron Egerton Was Almost Han Solo in ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’

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While appearing on the Happy Sad Confused podcast, Taron Egerton revealed that he was extremely close to playing Han solo in the 2018 film, Solo: A Star Wars Story.

The Rocketman star, 32, has revealed he auditioned for the part of a young version of Harrison Ford’s iconic character in the prequel, which ended up going to Alden Ehrenreich.

“I’ll be honest: I got on the Falcon. I was with Chewie,” Egerton spills. “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. I hope no one feels annoyed that I have said it.”

Solo didn’t end up performing well at the box office. The film only grossed $393.2 million worldwide. And if you adjust for inflation, that makes it the lowest-grossing Star Wars film to date.

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Will We See More Young Han Solo?

While Ehrenreich, 32, has previously said he is open to playing Han Solo again. There aren’t any plans in motion for that at this time.

 “It depends on what it is. It depends on how it’s done. It depends if it feels innate to the story.” Ehrenreich said in a 2020 interview

He also insisted there were no official plans for a Solo sequel, despite the end of the movie giving possible plots.

“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.” Ehrenreich added.

The star also confessed that he had not kept up with the Star Wars franchise since appearing in Solo. He’s not seen The Rise of Skywalker or the acclaimed Disney+ TV series The Mandalorian.

Why Did Solo Bomb at the Box Office

There’s a lot that you could say about while Solo didn’t perform well at the Box Office. Perhaps it was the timing of its release (was it released too close to The Last Jedi, which fans were less than thrilled with.). Or perhaps it was due to the well-document issues at the start of production, which ultimately lead to a change of directors. There’s also the budgetary issues, as reshoots and add-ons ballooned expenses to right around $250 million. 

There’s also the possibility that despite Alden Ehrenreich looking the part, maybe he wasn’t the best choice for the role? Or maybe Taron Egerton realized something in the audition process that no one else did?

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