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    Dec 19, 2014

    Ellen Page Was Han Solo Last Night And It Was Perfect

    Oh, and Jessica Alba was her Princess Leia. Ellen Solo is now the most badass Star Wars character around.

    At the Film Independent live stage-reading of The Empire Strikes Back on Thursday night, Ellen Page selected by her Juno director and the event's curator Jason Reitman to read for Han Solo…

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    ... with Jessica Alba stepping into the role of Princess Leia.

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    The star-studded reading at the Ace Hotel in Los Angeles also featured Rainn Wilson in the role of Chewbacca, Aaron Paul as Luke Skywalker, and J.K. Simmons as Darth Vader.

    Thx @JasonReitman for a really fun time! #starwarsliveread

    Jessica Alba@jessicaalbaFollow

    Thx @JasonReitman for a really fun time! #starwarsliveread

    2:43 AM - 19 Dec 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    Reitman said of the casting:

    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.

    For Leia, I just wanted to find an actress who was beautiful and also had the ability to be tough and funny, and I've seen Alba do all of that. And I needed somebody who would have chemistry with Ellen,
    Chemistry is chemistry, whether it be between a man and a woman, two women, or two men. I have no doubt that Ellen Page could have chemistry with anybody.

    But did Page nail down the most romantic moment of the film?

    "I know." @jessicaalba @JasonReitman

    According to those in attendance, Reitman specifically asked the audience not to photograph or record any of the performance.

    Downtown at the @filmindependent #StarWarsLiveRead. @aaronpaul_8, @EllenPage, J.K. Simmons and more. Pretty exciting.

    Ray Subers@raysubersFollow

    Downtown at the @filmindependent #StarWarsLiveRead. @aaronpaul_8, @EllenPage, J.K. Simmons and more. Pretty exciting.

    11:00 PM - 18 Dec 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    Only those lucky enough to witness the reading can let us mere mortals know what happened.

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    One attendee noted that Page, "mastered every piece of Han’s confidence and his flirtations with Leia."

    That's right. Ellen Solo was born and it was beautiful:

    My body wasn't ready for #EllenSolo. #StarWarsLiveRead

    Becca Canote@BeccaCanoteFollow

    My body wasn't ready for #EllenSolo. #StarWarsLiveRead

    1:46 AM - 19 Dec 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    @EllenPage I've always thought you were neat but now you're living the dream #EllenSolo

    SJ Mueller@SJ_NerdOfPreyFollow

    @EllenPage I've always thought you were neat but now you're living the dream #EllenSolo

    4:57 PM - 18 Dec 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    #EllenSolo will be the best character ever created

    Didier Cadena@Didi_CadenaFollow

    #EllenSolo will be the best character ever created

    4:09 PM - 18 Dec 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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    You know who the perfect badass is? #EllenSolo

    Isaac Smith@amnesiac_catFollow

    You know who the perfect badass is? #EllenSolo

    4:06 PM - 18 Dec 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    In case anybody was curious: @EllenPage makes an awesome #hansolo. #StarWarsLiveRead

    Jon Paul Burkhart@jonpaulburkhartFollow

    In case anybody was curious: @EllenPage makes an awesome #hansolo. #StarWarsLiveRead

    2:00 PM - 19 Dec 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    Oh yes, the force is strong with this one.

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