Taron Egerton Was Close To Play Han Solo But Pulled Himself Out Of The Running
Taron Egerton has revealed why he chose to not play the role of Han Solo in Solo: A Star Wars Story, a role that eventually went to Alden Ehrenreich
Solo, who first appeared in 1977's Star Wars: A New Hope, is a smuggler from the planet Corellia. He is instrumental in Luke Skywalker's downfall of the Galactic Empire and eventually marries Leia Organa. Solo was slain by his son, Ben Solo, in the sequel trilogy. Solo has been one of the most popular characters in the Star Wars universe since his debut.
Meanwhile, Taron Egerton is a 32 years old Welsh actor who is relatively new to the mainstream stage. Having been acting since the age of 15, Taron gained recognition for his starring role as spy recruit Gary "Eggsy" Unwin in the action comedy film Kingsman: The Secret Service. From there he would go on to star in major roles like 2019's Rocket Man and starred in 2022's Black Bird.
But Taron Egerton is someone who takes his craft very seriously, graduated from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in 2012, he is a rare breed of actor who wants to be someone that is known as a master of his craft but also will do every type of genre of movie and show it its proper respect, well from the outside looking in that is how I see it.
Josh Horowitz shared a snippet from an interview with Egerton on the Happy Sad Confused podcast on Twitter. In the interview, Egerton said that he boarded the Millenium Falcon, Solo's spacecraft, in full costume, alongside Chewbacca. However, he then opted not to participate in the following round of auditions. "I just didn't feel it," he said. Egerton continued, "No one ever wants to follow Harrison Ford, you know? So yeah, that didn't happen."
Maybe Taron had a secret crystal ball stashed away because as much as I will stand by the fact that Solo: A Star Wars Story was a much better movie than given credit, and the fact that he would have played a brilliant Han Solo, the movie had a notoriously tumultuous production and plagued by issues from start to finish. But sometimes what is meant to happen will happen, and maybe someday Taron will find his route into the Star Wars universe some other way.