The Star Wars franchise is one of the biggest properties in the world, which means secrecy is vital in the development of the films. That was definitely the case with Solo: A Star Wars Story, and it sounds like the audition process that got Alden Ehrenreich the highly-coveted role was pretty intense. In fact, the actor recently spoke out about the process of becoming Han Solo during his audition, and admitted that he was forced to read alongside a dog puppet. The 28-year-old actor explained:
That doesn’t sound like the most authentic Star Wars experience to get Alden Ehrenreich ready to play Han Solo, but it makes plenty of sense. The folks behind Solo: A Star Wars Story needed to keep everything related to the film a secret, which meant not revealing anything about the nature of the scenes, the character designs, or the overarching story. To hammer that idea home, the Hail, Caesar! auditioned with a dog puppet to stand in for Chewie, and according to the actor’s remarks to BBC Radio 1: the doll apparently did a pretty good job.
This is not the first time that we have learned details about the rigorous and bizarre process that eventually led to the casting of Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo. In fact, back when Phil Lord and Chris Miller were attached to Solo: A Star Wars Story as the film’s directors, Miller spoke out about the process and compared it to an athletic event. Miller explained:
Solo: A Star Wars Story will finally hit the big screen later this month on May 25. Make sure to check it out when it debuts and take a look at our review of the latest Star Wars film, as well as our review roundup to see what critics are saying about it.