Walking Dead star Chandler Riggs has confirmed that he auditioned for the lead roles in both Spider-Man: Homecoming and Solo: A Star Wars Story. If there's one thing The Walking Dead has shown an aptitude for doing, it's crafting season finale - and mid-season finale - cliffhangers that virtually guarantee that viewers will tune in to find out how things resolve. Whether praised or trashed, the incessant TWD-related social media chatter surrounding these cliffhangers tends to ensure a desire to see what happens.
The latest controversial cliffhanger to grace The Walking Dead concerns Carl Grimes (Chandler Riggs), son of series lead Rick Grimes. In the season 8 mid-season finale, Carl was revealed to have been bitten by a walker, which all but guarantees certain death. While some characters have been saved from a bite by a quick amputation of the infected area, that doesn't really work when said area is their torso. TWD creator Robert Kirkman has teased that Carl might survive somehow, but he loves to troll fans, and is probably just messing around.
With that in mind, Riggs is soon to face an uncertain future in Hollywood, as he'll be without a steady gig for the first time in his young career. While fans don't know where Riggs will end up next as an actor, the soon to be former Carl recently told ComicBook that he auditioned for both Spider-Man: Homecoming and Solo: A Star Wars Story. If he had gotten either of those parts, one wonders if he'd have ended up bailing on The Walking Dead before the show could decide to sever ties with him.
"I auditioned for Spider-Man. I auditioned for Han Solo, all those big movies. I would love to do something like that. It would be awesome, especially now that I have a lot more free time, it would be really, really cool."
Riggs' above admission confirms rumors that circulated back in 2015 that the TWD star had in fact been in the running for both blockbuster films. It's a bit hard to imagine Riggs playing a young Han Solo, if only because the actor Disney ended up choosing for the role - Alden Ehrenreich - is a full 10 years older. Still, they wouldn't have bothered auditioning Riggs if actors his age weren't being considered for the part.
It's much easier to imagine Riggs playing Spider-Man, as Tom Holland is only three years older than Riggs, and looks even more youthful than his actual age would imply. Riggs would obviously have had to take on a much more clean-cut look to play Peter Parker, but considering that Riggs cut his hair pretty much immediately after filming TWD season 8, it's likely that he would have been more than ready to do the same to play Spider-Man. With his looming TWD exit, one wonders what major roles Riggs will audition for next, and which one he'll eventually land.
The Walking Dead season 8 returns Sunday, February 25 on AMC.
- Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) release date: May 25, 2018