‘Star Wars’: Alden Ehrenreich Describes His Weird Audition For ‘Solo’

Solo A Star Wars StoryAlden Ehrenreich, the actor set to portray the young outlaw, Han Solo, in the upcoming prequel Solo: A Star Wars Story, will be taking on the reigns from his previous counterpart, Harrison Ford. Like Ford, Ehrenreich himself forged a worthwhile body of work before landing the role of the unpredictable space cowboy. After working with the likes of Francis Ford Coppola, The Coen Brothers, and Warren Beatty, Ehrenreich is now ready for the spotlight while inhabiting the part made famous by Ford.

But according to his interview with BBC Radio 1, apparently his audition to portray Solo was a lengthy one and an awkward one to say the least. It took six months of auditioning without any knowledge of what role and film it was for, leading to a screen test on the Millennium Falcon, with Chewbacca as his co-pilot. But what it took to get there was the most interesting part:

“They have to be really secretive about Star Wars, so they can’t say ‘Oh, this is a scene with you and Chewbacca,’ and you have like a fake name. Like, my fake name was Mike, and then they had me do a scene where I’m talking to a dog, and they had like a dog puppet in the audition, and then like a little dog sound effect. So you’d talk and do the scene, and then they’d like hit a button and it would go like ‘rawr,’ and it was a puppet. But the puppet was good. The puppet was pretty good.”

A dog puppet? Strange, but maybe not as strange as George Lucas in the 1970s pitching a space opera where a character is a big, walking bear-type who growls the whole movie, and somehow people understand him. We all start somewhere.

Solo: A Star Wars Story stars Alden Ehrenreich as the young Han Solo along with Joonas Suotomo as Chewbacca and Donald Glover as the young Lando Calrissian. The cast also includes Thandie Newton, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Paul Bettany, and Ian Kenny. Here’s the official synopsis:

Board the Millennium Falcon and journey to a galaxy far, far away in Solo: A Star Wars Story, an all-new adventure with the most beloved scoundrel in the galaxy. Through a series of daring escapades deep within a dark and dangerous criminal underworld, Han Solo meets his mighty future copilot Chewbacca and encounters the notorious gambler Lando Calrissian, in a journey that will set the course of one of the Star Wars saga’s most unlikely heroes.

Solo: A Star Wars Story hits theaters on May 25, 2018.

Source: SYFY Wire

5 Reasons To Be Excited (And 5 Reasons To Worry) About ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’

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Solo A Star Wars StoryIt’s been roughly five months since The Last Jedi came out, which means it’s time for another Star Wars movie! The second anthology film that explores the Star Wars universe’s past, Solo follows a young Han Solo as he becomes a smuggler. Before he had the Millennium Falcon or considered Luke Skywalker one of his best friends, Han was still talking and blasting his away across the galaxy.

A new Star Wars film is typically a cause for celebration, but there’s something different about Solo. The posters and print material all look fun and stylized, but the actual trailer looks gray and unsatisfying. There are a lot of things propping this movie up, mainly that it is about Han Solo, arguably the most popular character in the entire franchise, but there are also a lot of things dragging it down. Hopefully Solo will kick butt, but without Harrison Ford at the center of the action, it’s hard to say!

Hit Next to learn 5 reasons you should be excited (and 5 reasons to worry) about Solo

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