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Did Daredevil Stop Charlie Cox from Becoming the New Han Solo?

By Brian Gallagher — June 16th, 2016

Last month, it was confirmed that Alden Ehrenreich has landed the coveted role of Han Solo in Disney and LucasFilm's spinoff Han Solo: A Star Wars Story. Before that final decision was made, the studios tested roughly 2,500 actors to play the young Han Solo, with several notable candidates auditioning such as Taron Egerton, Jack Reynor, Miles Teller, Ansel Elgort and Emory Cohen, just to name a few. As it turns out, another rising talent tried out for the role, Daredevil star Charlie Cox, although the audition didn't go so well.

The Hollywood Reporter spoke to Charlie Cox, who was promoting his new off-Broadway play Incognito, where he revealed that it's been fun to "look people in the eyes," a stark contrast from his work on Daredevil. As it turns out, the actor had gotten into the habit of not looking people in the eyes, which may have cost him the chance to play Han Solo in the upcoming spinoff. Here's what the actor had to say about his audition.

"I had gone to an audition - one of those things that are super secretive and they don't tell you, but I'm pretty sure it was for the Han Solo reboot- and halfway through it, the casting director stopped me and said, 'Why aren't you looking at me?' I realized I had gotten into a habit of not making eye contact, because the only thing I had done for two years is play someone who is blind. I never got invited back, probably because they couldn't figure out why I was acting like a complete idiot."

We reported last month that shooting on Han Solo: A Star Wars Story will begin in January 2017, with the studio already setting a May 25, 2018 release date, which is the exact 41st anniversary of Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope's release. All we know about the story thus far is it will give Han Solo an origin story, revealing new details about this beloved character before we first met him at the Mos Eisley Cantina in A New Hope. As of now, no other cast members have been confirmed, but that may change soon with just six months left until filming starts.

Charlie Cox's Daredevil still hasn't been officially renewed for Season 3 quite yet, but the actor will eventually team up with Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter), Luke Cage (Mike Colter) and Iron Fist (Finn Jones) in Netflix's The Defenders miniseries. It isn't known when production on that new Netflix show will begin, so stay tuned for more updates. We'll also keep you posted with the latest on this highly-anticipated Han Solo spinoff as soon as more information comes in.

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