Earlier this month during Star Wars Celebration, LucasFilm president Kathleen Kennedy made it official by announcing Alden Ehrenreich as the Young Han Solo, who will star in the upcoming spinoff Han Solo: A Star Wars Story. A week later, during Comic-Con, Conan O'Brien took his late-night talk show to San Diego for a series of live tapings, where he showed fans some of the other major stars who also tried out for the Han Solo role, before Alden Ehrenreich won the coveted part. As you can see, the young actor had plenty of worthy competitors.
Of course, this video that surfaced on Team Coco YouTube after its broadcast is fake, with several beloved comedians and other celebrities donning that iconic Han Solo vest to try out for the role. This audition reel features stars such as Bill Hader, Will Arnett, Melissa McCarthy, Thomas Middleditch, Jodie Foster, Adam Sandler, Kumail Nanjiani, and Jeff Goldblum. Bill Hader also shows off his impressive Jabba the Hut impression, while Melissa McCarthy goes on a bit of a rampage after her audition.
Star Wars auditions have become a time-honored parody ever since Saturday Night Live aired the first sketch back in 1997, when LucasFilm released the special editions of the original Star Wars Trilogy. That sketch feautured Kevin Spacey doing impressions of Christopher Walken, Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau. SNL revived the tradition last year with new auditions for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, featuring stars such as Jon Hamm, Emma Stone and Michael Buble.
As for the real Han Solo: A Star Wars Story, no other cast members have been announced yet, but it was confirmed earlier this year that the story will take place 10 years before A New Hope, where we first met this rogue smuggler at the Mos Eisley Cantina. This movie is said to give fans an origin story for this beloved character. Production has been slated to begin in January 2017, with Disney and LucasFilm setting a May 25, 2018 release date, which is exactly 41 years to the date after A New Hope was released in theaters.
In related news, during Conan's Comic-Con shows, they also aired an "epic lightsaber battle" between Conan O'Brien and Andy Richter, along with a humorous sketch for their "Dead Tauntaun B&B." We're not sure when we'll have any more official updates on Han Solo: A Star Wars Story, which will be directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller. Until more information comes through check out these videos from Conan's Comic-Con shows last week.