As we’ve seen from the long search for a young Han Solo, casting a Star Wars movie isn’t a simple task. In Sean Bean meme terms — one does not simply cast a Star Wars film. The actors will (usually) be cherished forever, and chemistry helps reinforce the timeless and perfect relationships shown on-screen. There’s a lot of work that goes into this stuff.
Of course, Saturday Night Live needs to take those auditions and lampoon the hell out of them.
Ahead of the Star Wars: The Force Awakens release last year, SNL released the screen tests of a plethora of celebrities. Who can forget Jon Hamm playing Hamm Solo? No one. No one can forget that moment in pop culture greatness. And if you haven’t seen it, then you can watch Hamm’s greatness so you can in turn never forget it. Then you can come back and re-read this paragraph with a new pair of eyes.
There’s even Matthew McConaughey playing a Matthew McConaughey-esque character who wants to play Lando Calrissian for some reason. He’s got the jacket for it, but none of the swagger. C’mon, MM. But the big takeaway from this clip (and the original) is John Boyega’s comedic skills. Dude can bring it, and he needs to be cast as one-half of some sort of zany buddy comedy faster than the Millenium Falcon with its faulty converter removed.