With Star Wars fever hitting fans hard on the heels of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, excitement is mounting for the upcoming standalone Han Solo film. While casting for the project has been kept secret, actor Alden Ehrenreich seems set to play Han Solo in the film. However, according to Daredevil’s Charlie Cox, the role could've gone to him under different circumstances.
Charlie Cox, who is prepping for his off-Broadway role in Incognito, admitted in a recent interview that he believes he auditioned for the role of Han Solo. Recalling the incident, 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 realized 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.
Having played the blind lawyer-come-vigilante in Marvel’s Daredevil series on Netflix, it is understandable that the actor had issues looking the casting director eye to eye. Charlie Cox confirmed that awkward eye contact has been an issue for him as he’s on hiatus from playing the superhero. “It’s been really fun to look people in the eye,” he confessed.
While Charlie Cox might not have cinched the Han Solo role, plenty of actors were rumored to be fighting for a spot in the upcoming solo film. Talent like Taron Egerton and Jack Reynor were all speculated to be auditioning for Han Solo, but ultimately, Hail Caesar! star Alden Ehrenreich snagged the part.
Expected to be titled Han Solo: A Star Wars Story, the film will depict Han Solo’s life before he appeared in the original Star Wars trilogy and became involved with the Rebel Alliance. While no official release date is attached to the film, the project has recruited Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (The Lego Movie) to direct the film. Kathleen Kennedy, who's the President of Lucasfilm, will produce the film alongside executive producers, Lawrence Kasdan and Jason McGatlin.