Harrison Ford served as an advisor, of sorts, for Solo: A Star Wars Story, even mentoring the new Han Solo actor, Alden Ehrenreich.
The most significant concern among Star Wars fans for the upcoming Solo: A Star Wars Story film was the absence of Harrison Ford. Will the new Han Solo be able to fill the shoes of the iconic Ford?
That is left to be seen, but, so far so good on initial impressions of Ehrenreich’s portrayal in the two Solo teaser trailers. Now, his voice is a bit different, but he certainly has the look of a young Solo, as well as the vibe of a scoundrel. Honestly, he does not need to give his best Ford impression, just an excellent performance — which we’re confident Ehrenreich will deliver the goods.
What’s even more comforting is that Harrison Ford himself met with Alden Ehrenreich, giving him a nickles worth of free advice — revealing those details to Entertainment Weekly’s Star Wars expert Anthony Breznican.
"Tell them I told you everything you needed to know, and that you can’t tell anyone."
Ford’s dry sense of humor is priceless, isn’t it? It’s most likely what Ehrenreich needed, taking some of the pressure of what comes with being Han Solo. No doubt the weight of the world was on the young actor’s shoulders. Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy even praises Ford for his willingness to mentor Ehrenreich:
"He gave Alden that kind of insight which was invaluable. There were several times in the course of making the movie where Alden would actually recount some of the things that Harrison had pointed out."
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Hearing those words is comforting and a great sign for what Solo: A Star Wars Story has to offer. Also, Lawerence Kasdan wrote the script — who teamed up with George Lucas in the Original Trilogy, co-writing Solo’s arc. He reveals his vision on Han Solo and what to expect from him in the upcoming movie.
"Han’s not as on top of it as he needs to be. So he wants to give the appearance of [control], but in fact, he’s often scrambling. I think Harrison played that beautifully, and Alden and I talked about both of those ideas a lot.”"
Ehrenreich appears to be well-coached and in good hands. Combine that with the talent he has an actor, he’s sure to hit the part of Han Solo out of the park.
Solo: A Star Wars Story hits theatres May 25, 2018, worldwide.