Corey Feldman Wanted To Play The Best Star Wars Character’s Son

By Nick Venable | Published

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These days, it seems like everyone in Hollywood gets a chance at cracking into a major franchise either on the big or small screen. It’s just the nature of the game with so many different sequels, reboots, series, and other stories from the likes of Marvel, DC, and Star Wars.

But remember, there was a time not all that long ago when that definitely wasn’t the case. And the Star Wars sequel trilogies getting spun into motion in the 2012-2013 range meant actors were coming out of the woodwork to signal their interest in grabbing a piece of that intergalactic pie.

Corey Feldman is largely out of the public (and Hollywood) mind’s eye right now, outside of the random celebrity game show appearance, but there was a time when he was still vying for roles. Even if those roles would have seemed completely farfetched.

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In a 2012 MovieWeb interview, Feldman expressed interest in playing Han Solo, Jr., in 2015’s Episode VII. Like Robert Pattinson’s Jar Jar Binks‘ interest, this concept had no basis in reality, considering his Hollywood stature. But he wasn’t too far off from how the Star Wars story would eventually go.

Here’s what Corey Feldman had to say at the time about how he thought Star Wars should go with the sequel trilogy and where he saw himself fitting into the mix.

…but what I would like to see in the development of those next three movies is that they bring back all of the original characters, as they are still alive. And you can make them the older generation…I would certainly like to be a part of that new young brigade that they are going to bring forward.

Though he didn’t sound like an eager beaver 12-year-old in that first part, he’d actually be 10 years older than Harrison Ford was as Solo when the first film was released. We aren’t taking anything away from anyone, but the “young brigade” would have been too busy laughing into their friends’ shoulders to consider his application.

I think Harrison Ford’s son is a really great idea, actually. Fans have always said that I would make a great Indiana Jones, a great Young Indiana Jones. We look very similar, we have the same type of bravado. The same character persona with the whole Edgar Frog thing.

He clearly didn’t just want to be the fictional Han Solo’s son. Dude thought that getting into all of the Harrison Ford roles would have been up his alley.

While Corey Feldman’s clear Star Wars angling seemed a bit nutty at the time, it’s funny that he kind of accurately predicted how the franchise would go. The old guard did come back in various ways, and we did get Han Solo’s son, too.

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Adam Driver as Kylo Ren in the Star Wars franchise

Unfortunately, that son ended up doing a little patricide when it was all said and done. Not exactly the Han Solo Jr. vibe Corey Feldman was throwing out there with his original thoughts. Would Feldman have wanted the role instead of Adam Driver had he known, at least to start, that it was going to be evil? Oh, for sure. But it would have been different.

In the end, no Corey Feldman in the Star Wars sequel trilogy (or any Star Wars for that matter). And it was, of course, for the best. It would have been a throwback to the 1980s and his acting heyday. But it also would have made the sequel trilogy an even bigger farce than it already was.

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