Though we expect a flurry of casting news to surface in the coming weeks and months – chief among them being the film’s female lead – excitement for Disney’s Han Solo spinoff is really beginning to take hold now that Phil Lord and Chris Miller’s 2018 adventure has settled on its two principal leads – Alden Ehrenreich and Donald Glover, who are on board as the young Solo and Lando Calrissian, respectively.
Ehrenreich recently shed some light on the process of auditioning for the part of the galaxy’s greatest smuggler which, according to early reports, was a fairly exhaustive procedure. Speaking with Interview (via Coming Soon), the actor refrained from divulging too much, but did reveal that part and parcel of his screen test involved a scene on the Millennium Falcon itself.
“I had an audition process that went on for a long time, and I got to spend a lot of time with the guys who are directing the film,” he said. “Getting to be around them and being around the world a little bit has been the main experience so far. I did my audition on the Millennium Falcon for one of my screen tests, which was pretty cool.”
Having landed the coveted role during Star Wars Celebration back in May, fans are beginning to warm to the idea of Ehrenreich donning the vest and blaster as a young Han Solo. With Glover, it’s a little different. As the Atlanta and Spider-Man: Homecoming star is still relatively new to the project, Glover admitted during The Ellen DeGeneres Show (via EW) that the news is still sinking in.
“He was like, ‘Aww.’ My mom was in the back; she was like, ‘Don’t mess it up! Don’t mess this up!’ ‘Cause Billy Dee — like, that’s hers. I don’t know. I’m very honored. It’s a very big deal.”
Disney and Lucasfilm will introduces the moviegoing masses to Han Solo‘s origin story on May 25th, 2018 and already, possible plot points have started to surface online.