Actor Dave Franco Talks His Audition for the Han Solo Film


Disney and Lucasfilm are moving closer to finding the actor to play the young Han Solo in the forthcoming Han Solo: A Star Wars Story. After screen tests narrowed down the field of possible actors, Alden Ehrenreich has reportedly emerged as the front-runner as reported by Deadline a few days ago. Other actors have also been in the running for the role which include, Taron Egerton, Jack Reynor and Dave Franco. Recently, Dave Franco talked about what it was like auditioning for one of the most coveted roles in the galaxy.


MTV‘s Josh Horowitz caught up with Franco while promoting his upcoming film at CinemaCon on April 14, and the actor gave them a little insight on his audition for the role.

“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,’” Franco said.




Franco could still be in the running to portray the young captain of the Millennium Falcon in Lord and Miller’s prequel. With that being said, we’ll have to wait and see. However, the actor did reveal that he put his own unique twist on Harrison Ford’s iconic role, at least in part because impressions aren’t his thing.

“I think that’s the reason it’s so hard to cast this role,” he explained. “Do they want someone to completely embody who Harrison Ford is? Or do they want to go a different route?”


You can see the complete Dave Franco MTV News interview below.



Han Solo: A Star Wars Story is part of a Star Wars sub-series separate from the seven saga films. Little is known about the plot at this point, although we know Han Solo will be a young age, and Chewbacca will make an appearance.


The film is slated for release on May 25, 2018.


Check back for more Han Solo: A Star Wars Story news here at SWNN.


May the Force be with you…



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51 thoughts on “Actor Dave Franco Talks His Audition for the Han Solo Film

  • April 17, 2016 at 10:45 pm


  • April 18, 2016 at 12:05 am

    Dave Franco would’ve been a bad choice.

  • April 18, 2016 at 12:15 am

    Merciful Buddha – Does this kid have a speech impediment or something? So high-pitched! Is this a joke? He and Mike Tyson should form a karaoke team…

    • April 18, 2016 at 12:26 am

      He seriously sounds like a 14 year-old. Though, I don’t think a high-pitched voice counts as a “speech impediment”.

    • April 18, 2016 at 2:01 am

      Exactly what I mean about the lack of manliness in some of today’s actors and why I can only see him in comedic roles like in Jump Street.

  • April 18, 2016 at 12:25 am

    He’s the spitting image of Jack Nicholson, funny enough. Same eyebrows and mouth.

  • April 18, 2016 at 12:49 am

    Guys, you always mention Taron Egerton as one of the candidates, but according to Egerton he wasn’t even contacted by Lucasfilm/Disney.

    • April 18, 2016 at 2:34 pm

      There’s a good chance he is lying. If Lucasfilm really wanted to consider all eligible actors, they would have been crazy not to give him an audition.

  • April 18, 2016 at 12:58 am

    If they were to do a porn parody of the Han Solo film then yeah sure this guy would be a great casting choice.

    • April 18, 2016 at 5:52 am

      He’s far better than Miles Teller… That guy looks like a penis with eyebrows, fucking hate him!

  • April 18, 2016 at 1:01 am

    “This deal is getting worse all the time…”

    • April 18, 2016 at 8:43 am

      Well, Disney is altering the deal, pray that they don’t alter it any further.

  • April 18, 2016 at 2:00 am

    However you feel about the film, We should all be grateful they didn’t go with him or Miles Teller.

    • April 18, 2016 at 2:30 am


      • April 18, 2016 at 9:43 am

        He looks more Pee-Wee Herman than Solo in that suit too.

    • April 18, 2016 at 8:05 am

      I am 100% with you on Ingruber! Its sad his name didn’t appear in any of the shortlist. He would be the perfect Han!

      • April 18, 2016 at 10:48 am

        Yes, and before the haters jump in and complain about his impressions – this is from when he was 16. He’s a budding actor beginning in the industry and he has the right look, the right height, and persona to play Han.

        People complaining that he can’t act have not seen enough of him to determine that he can’t ( I assert he CAN ). Plus you don’t need to be Lawrence Olivier for this role, you just need to be able to act well, and be be directed well. I am sure Ingruber is capable of both.

        • April 18, 2016 at 12:00 pm

          Oh yeh, they are people who probably want Justin Bieber as Han. Ugh LOL You said it, my man! I seen Ingruber’s other works and dude can act well. Anthony Ingruber is basically a perfect young version of Harrison.

          Its scary to think of who the actors on the shortlist will get the role because I don’t agreed with all of them. The closest I think is Clint Eastwood’s son but his name is no longer on the list plus he signed on for Fast8 already.

          I want Ingruber to be Han. However, we can only hope but I doubt Disney will listen anyway.

          • April 18, 2016 at 11:07 pm

            I’m pretty sure the casting agency is fully aware of Anthony Ingruber. He did end up in Age of Adeline after all, and that was a much lower budget film compared to the high profile stakes of the Han Solo spin off.

            The only assumption we can make is that they did take a look at Ingruber’s work and based their decision off of his previous work and decided that he wasn’t good enough for the job. If he was a great actor they would have given him a chance. He just got beat by the other guys aiming for that role.

    • April 18, 2016 at 11:43 am

      He’s not that good as an actor(not bad, but he’s not a TOP actor, just ok), that doesn’t mean that he cannot do that, I think they should take him into consideration and let him do an audition, and if he does great, than they should take him.
      But I’m not convinced he’s the right one, he seems like Ford, but the question is: can he really carry a movie on his own and be really convincing as Han Solo without being just a copy of the original?
      I’d prefer someone that doesn’t seem like Solo but can catch well the essence of the character.

      • April 18, 2016 at 12:16 pm

        I hope they give him an audition, at least! Well, I do agreed with what you said but I guess we won’t know now because his name is not on the shortlist. It would be awesome if Ingruber is cast as Han.

      • April 18, 2016 at 12:47 pm

        Dude, Ingruber actually played a young Harrison Ford character in Age of Adeleine.There are clips of his scene on YouTube, look it up.

        • April 18, 2016 at 1:15 pm

          I know, I saw it and he did ok, but he wasn’that good, not enough to carry a film on his own. That’s why I think they should have take him into consideration, but I’m not sold on the fact that he’s the best choice, it depends on how much his acting skills have grown in the last years.

          • April 18, 2016 at 2:36 pm

            He won’t be carrying the film on his own likely. He may be the central focus, but it will probably be an ensemble movie.
            Plus Daisy Ridley did just fine with her own very limited experience – she’d never even acted in a movie before.

          • April 18, 2016 at 10:06 pm


          • April 18, 2016 at 11:15 pm

            He is an actor. You can check his website and IMDB if you’re interested – I’m sure you aren’t.

            Also, I appreciate you may find it hard that others have a different opinion to yourself, but that’s what these comments sections are for. No need to express your indignation with CAPS LOCK. Be gracious and engage in the FUN of sharing thoughts, opinions, discussions. That’s why we’re all here.

          • April 18, 2016 at 10:12 pm

            on paper it’s a han solo movie with chewe, so for what we know he’ll be the protagonist of the movie(or co-protagonist).
            Daisy had a completely new character, and they choose her after auditions, because she brought to the character what the producers and the director wanted.
            That’s why I wanted them to let him do an audition and see what he could bring to the character, but the fact that he can do a good imitation and seems like Ford doesn’t mean that he’ll be a good Han Solo for an entire movie or that someone else cannot nail the caracter better (there are a lot of exemples of actors that nailed their character while not seeming that much like him in the first place)

      • April 18, 2016 at 2:34 pm

        “I’d prefer someone that doesn’t seem like Solo but can catch well the essence of the character.” How do you do that when there’s only ever been Harrison Ford’s portrayal of the character onscreen?

        • April 18, 2016 at 10:05 pm

          Ford portrayal is the character, but it’s not about his look, it’s about how he act, and a good actor can portray that character well even if he doesn’t look exactly like Harrison Ford 😉

      • April 19, 2016 at 3:12 pm

        A huge part of the character is the way he grins, and Ingruber does this naturally.

  • April 18, 2016 at 4:46 am

    He really nailed what I too, see as the main problem with this movie: Not only the fact that the actor should preferably look like Ford, but the nuances Ford brought to the character that anyone who plays it must have, without going overboard and making the new young Solo too arrogant to be liked. Disney walks a fine line here, I don’t know why they even risk it.

    • April 18, 2016 at 5:38 am

      Whoever they go with and it’s looking like it’s going to be Alden. He will have to make young Han Solo his own while still holding true to what Harrison did. That’s exactly what Ewan Mcgregor did with Obi-Wan and it’s really the only way it will work.
      Can you imagine how irritating it would have been if Ewan was playing Obi-Wan purely as an impression of Alec’s? Obviously, the Obi-Wan seen in the prequels was much younger but still, it would not have worked as well if Ewan was just trying to carry the role by impersonating Alec in all three movies.
      Therefore, I believe that when an actor embraces and portrays their own interpretation of the character, that is the best way to get audiences to accept them.

      Same for the Joker, everyone lost their minds, when they heard Heath Ledger was going to portray the Joker but in the end, he made it his own version, same with Ben Affleck as Batman. Imagine if those actors were just trying to do an impression of Jack Nicholson and Christian Bale’s performances respectively.

      I think Dave nails it too when it comes to the hardest part with this movie. Finding an actor that blends the best of both worlds in feeling like they are a younger version of Ford’s character but still bringing something new to the table.

      • April 19, 2016 at 4:37 am

        I think Ewan had enough a gap (Pretty much 20 years, and many prequel bashers don’t like him in the role either) that made him believable into aging into the Alec Guinness -Kenobi we saw into ANH. This has a younger man going into young man, like 10 years difference. It’s tougher.

    • April 18, 2016 at 6:13 am

      Simply because they’ve been told they need to produce profitable Star Wars every year. Everyone loves Solo, so we’re getting Solo, whether we like it or not.

      • April 18, 2016 at 11:02 am

        Disney should really heed the lesson about the Golden Goose – if they try to wring everything out of this franchise with too many spinoffs/ a movie every year, the law of Diminishing returns may ultimately come into play. Star Wars may cause audience fatigue in much the same way Star Trek did with the decline of the Enterprise TV show.
        I do not want to see that happen with SW ( movies ) and want it to remain an “event” and something very special we are treated to every few years.

        • April 18, 2016 at 3:45 pm

          Think Disney will easy-off for a little while after Episode IX. Post that episode we’ll see a new movie every 2-3 years.

      • April 19, 2016 at 4:33 am

        But it’s more everyone loves Harrison Ford as Han Solo.

  • April 18, 2016 at 9:03 am

    Disney needs to let this one go. Whomever plays young Han is going to have to be a dead on Harrison Ford. There’s no other way. Whomever plays Han cannot put his own twist on the character. Because of that, this is nearly impossible. I say nearly because there’s a small chance there’s an actor that can pull it off but if this actor doesn’t pull it off, he’ll be the next Shia Labeouf. And Disney will take a huge hit! I’ll give Disney and the soon to be known actor the benefit of the doubt and I’ll see the film, but I’m scared!

  • April 18, 2016 at 1:45 pm

    Mark my words…. this role will be a poisoned chalice for the young actor who gets it. Who can possibly follow on from Ford??? Impossible. ..

  • April 18, 2016 at 2:31 pm

    Why is he dressed like Mr Bean?

    • April 18, 2016 at 10:10 pm

      GTFO here with this bullshit.

  • April 18, 2016 at 7:36 pm

    I woke up today and yet this nightmare still continues……

  • April 18, 2016 at 7:47 pm

    Please, just no.

  • April 18, 2016 at 8:44 pm

    Idris Elba as young Han Solo ftw! But seriously…whomever is cast will face the daunting task of conveying a young Harrison Ford doing a young Han Solo. Disney knows this to be true. Just like River Pheonix did as Young Indy in The Last Crusade. Therefore, Anthony Ingruber ftw.

  • April 19, 2016 at 4:56 am

    Noooooooooo, just Noooooooooooo!!!
    Please Disney STOP THIS!!!
    We do not need this movie. Ford is the only Han Solo.

  • April 19, 2016 at 10:35 am

    Ew! Noooo. Never. This movie should just not be made. It’s gonna be worse than phantom menace. There’s no reason for it. We just got a epic death scene from Han Solo/Harrison ford and now they just wanna toss it aside like it had no meaning. Like hey wasn’t that sad to see poor old Han die?…. Well now u can see some little dbag no talent actor completely ruin everything this character stood and died for. Just stop.

    • April 20, 2016 at 7:13 am

      I was on board until you said that this movie will be worse than TPM. Don’t even joke.

  • April 19, 2016 at 4:48 pm

    I absolutely do not see this dude as Han Solo. At all. First of all, his voice is all wrong. Harrison has a much deeper voice. Other than that…….. I absolutely do not see this dude as Han Solo. Lol !!!!!

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