Tom Hanks is often regarded as one of the hardest working actors in Hollywood. With memorable roles in hit films like Big, Forrest Gump, and Toy Story, Hanks handles wide ranges of characters with ease. According to Solo director Ron Howard, Hanks very nearly appeared in the Star Wars prequel as one of the franchise’s iconic Stormtroopers.
During a sit down with JOE.ie, Howard was asked if there were any big name cameos hidden within the Han Solo origin tale.
“We really don’t. Tom Hanks was interested in being a Stormtrooper, but it would have been great. He was shooting, and he just couldn’t get there.”
Howard even hinted that Hanks could eventually make his way into the galaxy far, far away. “Now that Lucasfilm knows Hanks is interested, I’m sure they’ll work it out someday,” Howard said.
The full interview can be found below.
Hanks and Howard are frequent collaborators, having done five films together. Hanks starred in all three of Howard’s films based on Dan Brown’s novels, including The Da Vinci Code. Howard also directed Hanks in Academy Award winners Apollo 13 and Splash.
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