TBS’ Late Night With Conan O’Brien, whose Comic Con coverage was second-to-none, called in “every single funny person (they) know” for a spoof audition session for the actor to play a young Han Solo in the untitled Star Wars anthology film. Among the big names to “audition” for the role were Melissa McCarthy, Jeff Goldblum, Bill Hader, Will Arnett (who dropped a bit of his Batman voice, much to the delight of the audience), Adam Sandler, Jodie “F#&*ing” Foster, and Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson.
In real life over 3,000 hopefuls tried out for the role made famous by Harrison Ford, whose advice for them was “don’t do it,” but the role eventually went to a relative unknown (as most suspected it would). The 26-year-old Alden Ehrenreich, best known for his roles in Hail, Caesar! and Blue Jasmine, was cast in the role of the young Han Solo in directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller’s (The Lego Movie) 2018 Han Solo prequel.
Young Han Solo Audition Highlights
When acting legend Jodi Foster walks in front of the camera and a voice asks her to state her name she says “Really?… Jody F#&*ing Foster!” before proceeding to mix up lines from other Harrison Ford films during her audition.
Silicon Valley star Kumail Nanjiani asks if it was a big spoiler that when he was young, Han Solo was a Pakistani, saying “’cause I’m Pakistani…and if you don’t cast me in this you’re a racist.”
50 Cent couldn’t figure out how to hold a blaster.
Jeff Goldblum tried to keep a straight face as he embraced his neurotic side for a try at a more esoteric Millennium Falcon pilot.
Bill Hader (Saturday Night Live, Superbad, Inside Out) gave several takes of various Star Wars characters before they reached puberty while screaming “NO NOTES!” at the director.
The “auditions” came to a halt when Ghostbusters star Melissa McCarthy tore down the set after being told Han Solo didn’t use a light “saver”.