Charlie Cox forgot to use eyes in Han Solo audition

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 20 June 2016
Charlie Cox

Charlie Cox

'Daredevil' star Charlie Cox has revealed he failed his Han Solo audition because he completely forgot the 'Star Wars' character isn't blind

Charlie Cox failed his Han Solo reboot audition because he forgot to use his eyes.

The 'Daredevil' star has got so used to playing the blind titular superhero in the Netflix series that he failed to remember the 'Star Wars' character isn't visually impaired and as a result he didn't look at the casting director during his try-out for the spin-off film.

He told The Hollywood Reporter: "I had gone to an audition - one of those things that are super secretive and they don't tell you, but I'm pretty sure it was for the Han Solo reboot - and halfway through it, the casting director stopped me and said, 'Why aren't you looking at me?'

"I realised I had gotten into a habit of not making eye contact, because the only thing I had done for two years is play someone who is blind.

"I never got invited back, probably because they couldn't figure out why I was acting like a complete idiot."

Charlie's eye issue was good news for 'Hail Caesar!' actor Alden Ehrenreich, who has landed the role of young Han Solo - who was originally played by Harrison Ford in the 'Star Wars' movies - in the forthcoming film following an extensive search by studios Disney and Lucasfilm.

Alden, 22, is said to have beaten off competition from 'Whiplash' star Miles Teller, 'The Fault In Our Stars' actor Ansel Elgort, Dave Franco, Jack Reynor, Scott Eastwood and Eddie The Eagle's Taron Egerton.

The film is currently thought to be titled 'Han Solo: A Star Wars Story' and is set to be released on May 25, 2018.

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.