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‘It Almost Feels Taboo’: Kingsman Actor Taron Egerton On Why He Rejected Han Solo Role, Let Alden Ehrenreich Take the Lead

Taron Egerton had once rejected the role of Han Solo. Kathleen Kennedy, the president of Lucasfilm made a controversial statement, where she mentioned how the company learned that it couldn’t recast any new character. If they did recast actors in known roles the audience will not appreciate it. This was a direct reference to Solo, which centered on how Han and Chewie were portrayed. When Alden Ehrenreich landed on the role of Solo, which was a controversial project, another actor revealed that he was also in the running: Taron Egerton, but the question arises of why rejected the role.

Taron Egerton as seen in Kingsman
Taron Egerton as seen in Kingsman

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Taron Egerton denies the role:

Taron Egerton posing as Wolverine
Taron Egerton posing as Wolverine

In an interview, Taron Egerton said how he was once in for both the roles of Han Solo in the Star Wars film Solo and Cyclops for the Fox X-Men films,

He said:

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“Yeah, I mean it’s hard. I feel like there’s an unspoken thing in Hollywood where it feels almost taboo to talk about the conversations you’ve had that never come to a reality. But I don’t care about that. No, I did. I did remove myself from both of those races. I did, yeah. I felt like that I felt that– I mean, I’ll be honest, I got on the Falcon. I was with Chewie. I was in the full costume and I, you know what, that’s what I felt like. I felt like I got there, I did it, I lived it. And there was one more there was round that I decided not to do. And it’s far enough in the past now that I feel like I can say that. I hope no one feels annoyed that I have said it. But it just felt to me like I didn’t feel like you know when we mentioned earlier that thing when I read the Kingsman script and I was like, ‘This is– I’ve gotta do this. This is my part.’ I just didn’t feel it. Yeah, and can really own it and really– ’cause you’re following Harrison For no one ever wants to follow Harrison Ford, you know? So yeah, that didn’t happen.”

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Could he play some other role in Star Wars?

Taron Egerton may be in serious contention to bag the role of Wolverine
Taron Egerton

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Taron Egerton did not get those two roles; he had actively denied them, but maybe there could be a possibility on how fans could see him in some other role in the Star Wars project.


There are a lot of movies and shows that are in development, and the actor can do at least something. If he goes aboard the Lucasfilm train, there might be an original role for him.

What is Alden Ehrenreich, who was the final choice for the role of Han Solo doing currently?

Well, he was recently seen in the pop culture conversation when he revealed that he might be joining Marvel Studios’ Disney+ series Ironheart next year.


Solo is streaming on Disney+, while Ironheart is set to be released next year.

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Written by Kathakali Sarkar