Alden Ehrenreich is officially the new Han Solo, having nabbed the role for the upcoming “Star Wars” anthology film. But the casting process wasn’t easy, and he apparently had to beat out some seriously A-list stars to score the highly coveted role.
In a clip TBS’ “Conan” aired this weekend, Melissa McCarthy, Bill Hader, Will Arnett, Jeff Goldblum, Adam Sandler, 50 Cent, Jodie Foster and “Silicon Valley’s” Thomas Middleditch and Kumail Nanjiani put on the famous smuggler’s vest and try to become a part of the franchise. Though McCarthy certainly brings conviction to her audition, the wigged “Ghostbusters” star confuses “Star Wars” for the Harry Potter franchise, and isn’t quite sure was a parsec is, confusing it for parsnips.
“Parsnips is funnier,” she assures the casting director. “No one knows what a parsec is.”
Hader, who kicks off the clip, tries to take a different approach to the Han Solo character. “He’s young, right?” he asks before launching into his best angsty teenager impression. “I wanna do the Kessel Run in 16 parsecs, Mom!”
Sandler channels his “Billy Madison” character in his audition, and Goldblum is at peak Goldblum as he vies for the role. “If I get the part, I’ll research — believe you me — what all that means so I can give it a little more credibility,” he says.
Watch all the “auditions” above.