In blockbuster movie franchises, where legends are born and epic stories unfold, one stands above them all: Star Wars. It has been woven into the fabric of entire generations, becoming an indelible part of our collective pop culture consciousness. Countless iconic actors have graced the sprawling galaxy far, far away, but what if I told you that the legendary Tom Hanks almost had an appearance in the interstellar adventure Solo: A Star Wars Story?
In the vast expanse of Star Wars content that has been brought to life since Disney acquired Lucasfilm, including a duo of standalone films, like the captivating Solo: A Star Wars Story helmed by Ron Howard, there was a whirlwind of speculation and rumors.
Why Did Tom Hanks Miss Out Star Wars Cameo
Amid this swirling galaxy of conjecture, Tom Hanks graced the Happy Sad Confused podcast, facing the burning question head-on: Did Ron Howard approach him for an appearance as a Stormtrooper? Hanks shed light on the situation with an admirable dose of candor, unveiling the truth in all its glorious honesty.
“I would have done that; yeah, I couldn’t make that work. I couldn’t get there in time. I think now, if you do a survey, all kinds of famous people have been in the Stormtrooper outfit. I think Danny Craig was in one; I know movie executives have shown up to be a Stormtrooper. I’d do it. That was one thing about Star Wars, within the first 45 seconds of it, as soon as you saw a Stormtrooper, never mind Darth Vader, but as soon as you saw those guys running around in those Stormtrooper outfits, you were in the hands of something that’d been really well thought out, despite the fact of a lack of gravity on all those ships.”
During the rapid-fire volley of questions on the Happy Sad Confused podcast, Tom Hanks found himself in a revealing moment where he had the power to confirm or debunk the swirling rumors surrounding his illustrious career. While he swiftly put certain rumored roles to rest with a denial, one particular speculation held true in the vast universe of Solo: A Star Wars Story.
Daniel Craig Did What Tom Hanks Couldn’t
When it comes to Star Wars films, Solo: A Star Wars Story holds a somewhat infamous status within the franchise’s illustrious lineup on the big screen. The production initially commenced under the directorial guidance of Phil Lord and Chris Miller, only to witness their unceremonious departure from the project at the hands of the decision-makers at Lucasfilm. Stepping into the void, Ron Howard valiantly took the helm to steer the film toward completion.
Drawing parallels to Tom Hanks’ remarks, it is worth noting that another esteemed actor, Daniel Craig, had the privilege of venturing into the cherished realm of space opera comparably. Craig graced the screen as a Stormtrooper in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
Solo: A Star Wars Story is available for streaming on Disney+.