Teller, who seems to have not landed the role, tells the Happy Sad Confused Podcast that he didn't even watch Star Wars prior to the audition.
“I had never even seen any of the original Star Wars movies until maybe a month or a couple weeks before my first audition because I was like, ‘I should check this out’ (laughs). It holds up. I just love Harrison Ford, I think that’s a great character. I love his brand, I mean so many guys would’ve played that part so wrong and he has humor at the right times.”
The same podcast sees Teller defending the recent Fantastic Four movie that bombed at the box office (for what it's worth, I thought it wasn't all that bad; they just needed to fix a few things: Thing, Doom and add more story elements).
“People think that when you make something like a Fantastic Four that doesn’t do well, people think ‘Oh you phoned it in’ and it couldn’t be more untrue. You work harder on the bad films, or the films that turn out maybe not the way you intended, because something’s not working. And I thought it was kind of unjustly critiqued that way; there are even bigger bombs if you’re looking at how much money went into the production and what they reaped back. But I think it’s unfortunate a movie like that becomes a scarlet letter on a resume when so many talented people worked really hard and maybe a handful of people took it in a negative direction. ”
Teller goes on to blame the Fantastic Four script for the movie's failure, which according to reports, was always in a state of flux.
“I think it was Clooney who said you can make a bad movie out of a good script, you can’t make a good movie out of a bad script, and that’s very true. If they’re telling you maybe your part’s not as big and they say, ‘Oh you’re gonna be bigger in the sequel’ or ‘Oh we’re gonna rewrite’ and ‘Yeah we’re gonna take in all these notes,’ if you’re in a position where you can say hold off I’m not signing off on this dotted line until this script is exactly where you want it, then you’re in a very fortunate position.
The Han Solo Star Wars movie has a May 25, 2018 release directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller. It's said Taron Egerton, Jack Reynor and Alden Ehrenreich are now being eyed for the role of the young Han Solo.