Miles Teller never even watched 'Star Wars' before auditioning for Han Solo

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Miles Teller Confirms He Auditioned For The Role Of Han Solo


Actor Miles Teller is one of the higher-profile actors who has auditioned for the role of young Han Solo in the upcoming spin-off movie about the character's early years.

But directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller seem to be looking for a talent who's not so widely known, as Teller didn't make the shortlist for the role.

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The "Fantastic Four" star likely won't be losing sleep over it. He has up to four movies that could be coming out in 2016 and was just in this weekend's "The Divergent Series: Allegiant" (though it bombed at the box office). But there's also the fact that it seems Teller isn't a very big "Star Wars" fan.

He admitted while doing the podcast "Happy Sad Confused" that he had never even seen the original trilogy until going in for 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,'" Teller said with a laugh on the podcast. "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."

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NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 16: Actors Miles Teller attends the 'The Divergent Series: Insurgent' New York premiere at Ziegfeld Theater on March 16, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
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NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 16: Actors Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley attend the 'The Divergent Series: Insurgent' New York premiere at Ziegfeld Theater on March 16, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 16: Actor Miles Teller arrive at the 'The Divergent Series: Insurgent' New York premiere at Ziegfeld Theater on March 16, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 16: Actor Miles Teller (L) and Keleigh Sperry arrive at the 'The Divergent Series: Insurgent' New York premiere at Ziegfeld Theater on March 16, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 17: Miles Teller is seen on March 17, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Gardiner Anderson/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 22: Actor Miles Teller (L) and Keleigh Sperry attend the 2015 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Graydon Carter at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 22, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 22: Actor Miles Teller (L) and model Keleigh Sperry attend the 87th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 22, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 22: Actor Miles Teller (L) and Keleigh Sperry attend the 87th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 22, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 22: Actor Miles Teller attends the 87th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 22, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 22: Actor Miles Teller and actress Margot Robbie speak onstage during the 87th Annual Academy Awards at Dolby Theatre on February 22, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
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Spoken like someone who has just a casual knowledge of the "Star Wars" saga.

Honestly, Teller, who received acclaim for "Whiplash," is too much of an established actor to take on young Han Solo, so his audition could have been as simple as his team saying "just meet with everyone."

The final three actors reportedly in the running for Han Solo are: Alden Ehrenreich, the scene-stealer in "Hail, Caesar!," Jack Reynor, known for starring in "Transformers: Age of Extinction," and Taron Egerton, the star of "Kingsman" and "Eddie the Eagle."

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