Alden Ehrenreich opens up about the departure of Phil Lord and Chris Miller from Solo: A Star Wars Story, and his confidence as Han Solo.
Alden Ehrenreich is a chatty Kathy of late, even revealing his involvement in future Star Wars content after Solo: A Star Wars Story
Now, the young Han Solo tells all about the departure of Phil Lord and Chris Miller, as well as giving us a peek behind the scenes of Solo: A Star Wars Story itself.
In a recent interview with Esquire, Alden Ehrenreich displays a bit of confidence in his performance of Han Solo in Solo: A Star Wars Story, as well as setting the record straight on what went down with (former) directors of the project, Phil Lord and Chris Miller.
"“They had a different style than Ron in terms of the way we were working… You don’t know what it’s shaping up to be, how they’re editing it, so it’s kind of impossible without having seen those things to know what the difference [of opinion] was, or exactly what created those differences.”"
Rumors even floated around that the cast and crew of Solo: A Star Wars Story was thrilled when Phil Lord and Chris Miller got the ax, also applauding as the duo left the set of the film. Alden Ehrenreich squashes those rumblings, saying:
"“That’s bull-*expletive*. For a crew to do that would mean they hated [Lord and Miller], which was not by any stretch the case.”"
Lord and Miller loved Alden Ehrenreich from the start, even though they auditioned thousands of people for the role. After Alden Ehrenreich’s first moment with the duo and Kathleen Kennedy, they were sold on him to take the reins from Harrison Ford as Han Solo.
The duo who hand selected the new Han Solo were gone as quickly as they arrived, with Alden Ehrenreich telling what happened, from his (certain) point of view.
"“They said, ‘We were let go,’ and that’s it. They had mentioned there were some disagreements before, but they didn’t get into it. They wished me the best with the rest of the movie. On a personal level, it felt emotional, for them to be going after we’d set out on that course together. Because I spent a lot of time with them, and we had a really good relationship—they also cast me.”"
Alden Ehrenreich was the frontrunner, even from day one, according to Chris Miller.
"“Alden, remarkably, remained the person to beat from day one. We brought him in many times, pushed him, tried to test his range, and he was always up for it and brought something new, with a great sense of humor.”"
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Confidence is evidently one reason that he impressed so much, and such swagger shows even after the film’s completion — with Alden Ehrenreich confidant his portrayal of Han Solo is a work of art.
"“It’s easier than you’d think because there’s so much information on Star Wars. I did a movie about the Iraq War right before this, and there’s almost as much information about Star Wars.”"
That a boy. That’s the confidence we like to see in the man playing Han Solo. Someone who is a needle in a haystack sticking out so apparently is a great sign of things to come for Solo: A Star Wars Story.
It’s also refreshing having someone like Alden Ehrenreich, who’s not only confident but grateful to part of a galaxy far, far away — whose excitement shown brightly when coming to terms with his new role as Han Solo.
"“I remember thinking, oh, yeah. This is Star Wars. Like, his really is Star Wars now.”"
Yes, it is, Mr. Ehrenreich. Yes, it is. And, we are grateful to have a man of your talents included within a galaxy far far away — and cannot wait to see your take on Han Solo.
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Solo A Star Wars Story premieres May 25, 2018, worldwide.