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Miles Teller has zero regrets about not being part of the “Star Wars” saga.
Before newcomer Alden Ehrenreich was chosen to play young Han Solo in the upcoming standalone movie on one of the franchise’s most beloved characters, Teller was one of the better-known names who auditioned and was shortlisted for the role late last year.
Though Teller admits, he never knew how far his name got in consideration for the role until he read reports about the casting.
“I didn’t know that I was on a shortlist for that role,” Teller told Business Insider while promoting his upcoming movie “Bleed for This” (opening in theaters November 18). “I actually did find out about that through the press. I didn’t know that the list was narrowed down and I was a part of it.”
But thinking back on it, Teller is relieved he didn’t get the young Solo role.
“Having done a huge movie with ‘Fantastic Four’ with a built-in audience and reviving it in a way, I knew what that would be so I think for me it wasn’t just like, ‘Oh my God, this is so amazing.’ There’s also some caution there and some hesitation because I know how passionate the ‘Star Wars’ fans are,” Teller said. “I just went through an experience where the fans were very pissed off, apparently, at what we did with their beloved franchise.”
With “Bleed for This” – a biopic in which he plays boxing champ Vinny Pazienza, whose career was jeopardized after a near-fatal car crash – Teller returns to the dramatic work that got him attention in Hollywood, like “The Spectacular Now” and “Whiplash.”
But he maintains he also has no regrets about making “Fantastic Four” or being a part of the “Divergent” franchise.
“I felt I got to do a lot of different things before the age of 30,” he said. “Those big films, yeah, it’s a lot of your life, but they also play all around the world and you get to connect to audiences that maybe smaller American independent films don’t, so I have savored all the experiences and I’ve learned a lot from them.”
After a breath, he added, “I’m cool right now not being attached to a franchise.”