This coming May, the torch that actor Harrison Ford has held onto for decades will officially be passed on to a much younger actor, Alden Ehrenreich. I’m talking about everyone’s favorite space gunslinger Han Solo, who shot his way into everyone’s hearts in Star Wars: A New Hope, and shot his way out with 2015’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
But in a few short months, actor Alden Ehrenreich will be taking on a younger version of the role in the upcoming Solo: A Star Wars Story. It’s a role that comes with a great deal of pressure, and you can bet your ass that Lucasfilm head Kathleen Kennedy wouldn’t make the kid go into the mess completely cold. She’d undoubtedly make sure that Ford would give some much-needed advice on playing the character.
So what advice did he give? Speaking with EW, Ehrenreich was mum, per Ford’s request.
“’Tell them I told you everything you needed to know, and that you can’t tell anyone.’ I gotta stick to my orders from the man himself.”
Luckily, the outlet wasn’t wholly dependent on Ehrenreich for info, and they went on to ask Kennedy herself what Ford recalled about his meeting with the younger Han. It’s worth noting that Ford and George Lucas discussed the character motivations way back in 1977 when they were making the first film.
“What [Ford] did so beautifully for Alden was he talked a lot about what he remembered when he first read Star Wars, and what George had done with Han. Who the character was and the conversations he had for so many years with George about how that character developed. 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. I think that was really, really helpful to him.”
Did his advice help? Well, it’s clear from the trailer that Ehrenreich is doing no impression, which in my opinion, is a good thing. We’ll have to wait and see whether or not it’s a performance that stands up well on its own.
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