We’ve learned about plenty of actors that auditioned for the coveted role of young Han Solo in the upcoming spin-off movie, which will be directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller. Miles Teller was among the 2,500 actors that met with the directors for the role, but it’s unclear whether or not he’s still a contender, since they have reportedly narrowed down their search to three actors.
Seeing as he auditioned to play Han Solo in a Star Wars movie, you’d think that Teller would be a massive fan of the franchise. However, in a recent interview with Josh Horowitz on the happysadconfused podcast (via Collider), the actor revealed that he had never seen the movies until a few weeks before his audition:
“I had never even seen any of the original Star Wars movies until maybe a month or a couple weeks before my first audition because I was like, ‘I should check this out’ (laughs). It holds up. I just love Harrison Ford, I think that’s a great character. I love his brand, I mean so many guys would’ve played that part so wrong and he has humor at the right times. Harrison Ford is a very big actor, when you see the facial expressions and the things he does he goes big, but he’s just always the coolest guy in the room and he’s got all of those great qualities.”
The actor also opened up about the negative response to Josh Trank’s Fantastic Four reboot, in which he starred as Reed Richards/Mister Fantastic. The movie wasn’t received that well by critics and fans alike, so unsurprisingly, it bombed at the North American box office. Here’s what the actor had to say about that:
“People think that when you make something like a Fantastic Four that doesn’t do well, people think ‘Oh you phoned it in’ and it couldn’t be more untrue. You work harder on the bad films, or the films that turn out maybe not the way you intended, because something’s not working. And I thought it was kind of unjustly critiqued that way; there are even bigger bombs if you’re looking at how much money went into the production and what they reaped back. But I think it’s unfortunate a movie like that becomes a scarlet letter on a resume when so many talented people worked really hard and maybe a handful of people took it in a negative direction. But so many people worked really hard on that that are so talented.”
What did you guys think of Fantastic Four? Would you like to see Teller as Han Solo or would you prefer another actor in the role? Let us know in the comment section below.