Dave Franco Reveals What It Was Like Auditioning to Play The Young Han Solo

By April 18, 2016

Disney and Lucasfilm’s journey to find their young Han Solo has been one of the most talked about and highly-publicized searches in pop culture over the past few months, or really, ever since the 2018 spin-off film was originally announced last year. While it looks like the studio may have found their actor for the role too, one of the other known contenders has recently spoken about what it was like auditioning for the highly-coveted role, and what he thinks the studio might be looking for in whichever young actor they choose.

While recently speaking with MTV News, Dave Franco confirmed that he did in fact audition for the role in the film, which will be directed by his 21 and 22 Jump Street helmers, Phil Lord and Chris Miller:

“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!’”

He’s surprisingly nonchalant for an actor who auditioned to essentially play a younger version of Harrison Ford’s most iconic role, and it turns out, Franco’s just as curious about what exactly Disney and Lucasfilm are looking for in the performance as we are. When asked if he tried to do an impression of Ford, Franco responded with the following:

“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.”

Lawrence Kasdan said several months ago that he and the other members of the creative team behind the film weren’t necessarily looking for someone who closely resembled Harrison Ford in 1977, as much as they’re looking for someone who can embody and duplicate the same kind of charisma and swagger that the actor brought to the role. Which in all honesty, is the way I think they should go anyways.

Sure, it would be nice if they could find an actor that could do both, but all I want, is to be able to actually picture whoever they cast lounging away in the Mos Eisely Cantina with a blaster on his hip, the same way that we did when he made his introduction in A New Hope. If I can do that, then I’ll consider the casting to be a success.

The Young Han Solo movie will be released on May 25th, 2018.

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Alex Welch

Alex Welch

Alex dreams of meeting a girl with a yellow umbrella, and spends too much time* staring at a movie screen. His vocabulary consists mostly of movie quotes and 80s song lyrics. *Debatable