Rumors have been coming and going about the casting of young Han Solo in the upcoming Star Wars prequel, with online news attempting to determine which lucky actors would end up in the final battle for the iconic role.
Among them is Miles Teller, YA heartthrob and traitor in the Divergent series, but also drumming prodigy in Whiplash. On the Happy Sad Confused podcast #100, the budding actor discussed his role in Fantastic Four and Divergent, and admitted a few things about his potential casting as the young Han Solo.
'I Had Never Even Seen Any Of The Original Star Wars Movies'
Apparently, you can audition for a character even if you've never seen him in action. Teller revealed that when he first agreed to audition for the part, he'd actually never seen any of the Star Wars movies:
"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' (laughs). It holds up. I just love Harrison Ford, I think that’s a great character. I love his brand, I mean so many guys would've played that part so wrong and he has humor at the right times."
Although it's surprising he has been working in the movie industry for so long and managed to avoid such an iconic series, at least he gave himself a few weeks to discover the cultural impact of the world of the Jedi.
'It's Unfortunate A Movie Like That Becomes A Scarlet Letter'
The rest of Teller's appearance on the podcast was dedicated to his part in Fantastic Four, which he tried to defend despite the movie's lack of success:
"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."
You can listen to the entire podcast, also starring the actor behind Bucky, Sebastian Stan, here.
Do you think Miles Teller would be a good fit for the role of young Han Solo?