• Mattie Stu

10 Things You Didn't Know About Solo: A Star Wars Story (Probably)

Now that the second-ever standalone movie from the galaxy far, far away is here, let's take a look at ten facts you probably didn't know about Solo: A Star Wars Story.

Number 01. It's hard to imagine anyone other than Harrison Ford playing the role of Han Solo. So when it came to casting another actor in the famous role, then directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller were faced with a rather arduous task. This is probably why they considered around twenty six names in total – including Dave Franco, Chandler Riggs, Ansel Elgort and Chris Pratt – before finally settling on Alden Ehrenreich.

Number 02. Having said all of that, Alden Ehrenreich was in fact the first actor to audition for Lord and Miller. Apparently both men were initially blown away by his performance.

Number 03. Another actor considered for Solo: A Star Wars Story, in the role of Han's trusty mentor, was none other than Batman himself – and by that I mean Christian Bale, not Ben Affleck. Sorry, Ben! Despite this, however, everyone's favourite growly-voiced man was ultimately pipped to the post by Woody Harrelson.

Number 04. Before casting Emilia Clarke as Qi'ra, Tessa Thompson, Naomi Scott, Zoë Kravitz and Kiersey Clemons all screen tested for the lead female role. Interestingly, Jessica Henwick was also considered, despite having portrayed Jess Pava in Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens.

Number 05. Speaking of Daenerys Targaryen, Emilia Clarke is now the eleventh actor from Game of Thrones to have appeared in the galaxy far, far away. This follows crossovers from fellow actors Julian Glover, Keisha Castle-Hughes, Gwendoline Christie, Max von Sydow, Jessica Henwick, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Mark Stanley, Miltos Yerolemou, Emun Elliott and Ian McElhinney. Even stuntmen Liang Yang and C.C. Smiff – as well as casting director Nina Gold – have involved themselves with both franchises at one point or another.

Number 06. Thanks to Disney's falling out with Lord and Miller and subsequent appointment of Ron Howard, Solo: A Star Wars Story has become the first film in the franchise helmed by an Academy Award-winning director.

Number 07. If it wasn't for the phrase “too daunting”, then Howard's first venture into intergalactic directing could have arisen around eighteen years before tackling Solo: A Star Wars Story. Just try to imagine The Phantom Menace under his direction as opposed to George Lucas'... What could have been, eh?

Number 08. As if firing Phil Lord and Christopher Miller wasn't bad enough, insult was definitely added to injury when instead of simply finishing the film, Ron Howard reshot around 80% of the final product. Nice one, Ron! *Shakes fist in the air*

Number 09. Unfortunately, Solo: A Star Wars Story will mark the fourth and final collaboration between the Star Wars film franchise and legendary screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan. For those wondering, his previous three collaborations were The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, and The Force Awakens.

And, last but not least...

Number 10. Finishing off with a lovely fact here, and did you know that when Joonas Suotamo landed the role of Chewbacca in Solo: A Star Wars Story, he wrote a heartfelt letter to Peter Mayhew? Well, you shouldn't as obscure trivia is kinda the aim of the game here. Anyway, this is what the basketball player-turned-actor had to say:

"Chewbacca is one of the most iconic characters in the history of film, and Peter's development and portrayal of this beloved Wookiee has spread so much joy around the globe. Peter's guidance and kindness have been invaluable gifts which warmed my spirit and prepared me for this journey. I aspire to make Peter proud and bring Star Wars fans the Chewie they know and love."

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