HOLLYWOOD – Daniel Day-Lewis has signed up to play the coveted role of Chewbacca in the eagerly awaited Han Solo: A Star Wars Story.
“Our first choice for the role was The Rock,” said co-director Phil Lord.
We wanted to go with a big guy and The Rock seemed like the perfect fit but as we were about to call him up Daniel sent us an audition tape and it was absolutely astounding.
According to Lord, the tape contained a three hour documentary of Lewis living as a Wookie on their home planet of Kashyyyk:
He’s been living there for five years. At first the Wookies were a little bit apprehensive but he won them over by staging a one man stage production of The Bridge Over the River Kwai. In a little over a year he’d grown all over body hair, mastered the language and taken a Wookie bride. He’s now the proud father of two sons and a daughter, but the amazing thing is, they are 100% Wookie. They don’t carry a single trace of human DNA which can only mean that Daniel is so good at method acting, he’s managed to change the genetic code of his own sperm. Suck on that, De Niro.
Asked if he’d cast any other characters for the Han Solo spin-off, Lord was refreshingly candid:
Sure. We’ve got Zac Efron on board playing Greedo, Russell Crowe as Jabba the Hutt and we’re in early discussions with Tom Hardy to play the role of the Millennium Falcon.
Han Solo: A Star Wars Story is due in 2018