Ellen Page plays Han Solo in ‘The Empire Strikes Back’
TORONTO — Canadian actress Ellen Page took on the role of Han Solo at a live reading of The Empire Strikes Back on Thursday in Los Angeles.
The 27-year-old Halifax native took part in the latest Live Read event directed by Montreal-born filmmaker Jason Reitman — who directed Page in 2007’s Juno.
Rainn Wilson played Han Solo’s hirsute sidekick Chewbacca, Jessica Alba portrayed Princess Leia and J.K. Simmons was Darth Vader.
Breaking Bad star Aaron Paul played Luke Skywalker while the movie’s original Skywalker, Mark Hamill, read several parts, including Obi-Wan Kenobi.
Rounding out the cast were Dennis Haysbert as Lando Calrissian and comedians Stephen Merchant as C-3P0 and Kevin Pollak as Yoda.
Reitman, perhaps, had the biggest challenge: he portrayed R2-D2.
The Live Read series has previously tackled The Princess Bride, Reservoir Dogs and Glengarry Glen Ross.
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