Interview: Alden Ehrenreich on Solo: A Star Wars Story
The odds were stacked against Alden Ehrenreich. He competed against many other young actors in Hollywood for the coveted lead role in Solo: A Star Wars Story, yet he beat everyone else and won the part. Then after winning the role, he was quickly compared to Harrison Ford, who originated the legendary character, something almost impossible to live up to. And as production fell into disarray, he was stuck on what seemed like a sinking starship. But last week, as the world got its first look at his performance, Ehrenreich defied expectations yet again. Alden won the hearts of the audience as he captured the spirit of Ford’s Han Solo while making the character his own. And as the rest of the world prepares to meet the new Solo, we spoke to Alden Ehrenreich about his landmark performance. We just didn’t speak about those pesky odds.
Solo: A Star Wars Story makes the jump to light speed in a high-octane adventure that navigates the perils of a dark and dangerous criminal underworld, forges new friendships that will last a lifetime, and reveals untold secrets from the hidden past of one of the Star Wars saga’s most unlikely heroes. Han Solo meets loyal co-pilot Chewbacca and notorious gambler Lando Calrissian for the first time, bound by a desperate mission against impossible odds that will help shape the irresistible scoundrel audiences have come to love.
Directed by Ron Howard, Solo: A Star Wars Story stars Hail, Caesar‘s Alden Ehrenreich as Han, with Atlanta‘s Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian and The Force Awakens‘ Joonas Suotamo as Chewbacca. Woody Harrelson is playing Han’s mentor, a man by the name of Beckett, while Game of Thrones‘ Emilia Clarke, Westworld‘s Thandie Newton, Avengers‘ Paul Bettany, and Fleabag‘s Phoebe Waller-Bridge also star.
The film is produced by Lucasfilm‘s Kathleen Kennedy, Allison Shearmur and Simon Emanuel. Lawrence Kasdan, Jason McGatlin, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller are the executive producers. Jonathan Kasdan & Lawrence Kasdan wrote the screenplay.
Solo: A Star Wars Story opens in U.S. theaters on May 25, 2018.