Reitman Casts Ellen Page as Han Solo in ‘Empire Strikes Back’ Live Read

December 19, 2014 12:31 AM

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“The Han Solo character is fascinating in that the approach to every other character in Star Wars is earnest and kind of sweet and old-fashioned,” Reitman told EW. “The heroes are heroes, and the villains are villains. And within this world, we’re introduced to one human being who looks at it all with irony. He’s the guy who doesn’t give a crap. … In casting Han, the most important thing is: Who has the most interesting, ironic approach to life? And when I think of that, I think of Ellen Page. She’s a small human being who has the energy to fill Madison Square Garden.”

As for Leia, Reitman said he needed “an actress who was beautiful and also had the ability to be tough and funny … And I needed somebody who would have chemistry with Ellen.”

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