Dave Franco: It's going to be hard to find new Han Solo

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 18 April 2016
Dave Franco

Dave Franco

Dave Franco has shared details of his audition for the Han Solo 'Star Wars' spin-off movie and has revealed he thinks that Disney and Lucasfilm are "struggling" to find someone to take on the tole made famous by Harrison Ford

Dave Franco thinks the 'Star Wars' production team are "struggling" to cast a young Han Solo.

The 30-year-old actor has auditioned to play the iconic space smuggler character in a new spin-off movie which is slated for release in 2018 but has not heard if he is wanted by Disney and Lucasfilm to fill Harrison Ford's shoes.

Franco thinks bosses are unsure about how they want to proceed with the part made famous by Ford - who has played the character in four films with his first appearance in 'Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope' and most recently in last year's 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens'.

When asked whether he emulated Ford, 73, for his audition, he replied: "I'm not good with impressions. I think that's the reason it's so hard to cast this role, too. It's like, do they want to like perfectly embody who Harrison Ford is, or do they want to go down a completely different route? Do they want someone to look really similar to him? So, I don't know, I think they're struggling with that, maybe."

It is believed that Franco - the younger brother of '127 Hours' star James Franco - was on a list of 12 young stars who were being screen-tested by Disney and Lucasfilm for the part, with notable names also including 'Whiplash' star Miles Teller, 'The Fault In Our Stars' actor Ansel Elgort and Scott Eastwood - the son of Hollywood legend Clint Eastwood.

However, the list has reportedly been whittled down to just three potential actors; Alden Ehrenreich, Jack Reynor and Taron Egerton.

Regardless of the outcome of his audition, Franco was "flattered" to even be approached for the iconic role.

He told MTV News: "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.' I don't want to underplay it, like, I'm very flattered to have been or to be whatever, wherever they are in the conversation, but, like, it is what it is."

Solo: A Star Wars Story

  • 4 stars
  • 2018
  • US
  • 2h 14min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Ron Howard
  • Cast: Alden Ehrenreich, Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, Donald Glover, Thandie Newton, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Joonas Suotamo
  • UK release: 25 May 2018

The origin story of the young Han Solo (Ehrenreich), as he gets out of Corellia, meets Chewbacca (Suotamo) and Lando (Glover) for the first time, and runs into former lover Qi’ra (Clarke). Ehrenreich has just the right easy charm and despite some missteps it’s an enjoyable yarn with fine set-pieces.