We already knew that Miles Teller, best known for his role as Reed Richards in Fantastic Four (2015), was going for the part of young Han Solo in the 2018 Star Wars spin-off film following the smuggler's early exploits. What we didn't know was that Teller had never actually seen any of the original trilogy until just before trying out for the role.
The 29-year-old actor came clean on Earwolf's Happy Sad Confused podcast, via Collider: “I had never even seen any of the original Star Wars movies until maybe a month or a couple weeks before my first audition because I was like, ‘I should check this out’," Teller said, laughing.
"It holds up. I just love Harrison Ford, I think that’s a great character. I love his brand of - I mean so many guys would’ve played that part so wrong and he has humor at the right times. Harrison Ford is a very big actor, when you see the facial expressions and the things he does he goes big, but he’s just always the coolest guy in the room and he’s got all of those great qualities.”
Teller was one of several actors on the Shortlist to play young Han, with competition including Jack Reynor, Dave Franco, and Logan Lerman, though he may have fallen off the even-shorter list. The young actor seems to be rolling with the punches from Fantastic Four's exceedingly poor reception - but he did take issue with allegations that he or any other members of the production 'phoned it in'.
"You work harder on the bad films, or the films that turn out maybe not the way you intended, because something’s not working," Teller said. "[..] But I think it’s unfortunate a movie like that becomes a scarlet letter on a resume when so many talented people worked really hard and maybe a handful of people took it in a negative direction." And no, he didn't elaborate on who was in that handful of people.
Directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller, the Han Solo standalone film is slated to open on May 25, 2018.
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