Ron Howard has said that Alden Ehrenreich, the star of Solo: A Star Wars Story was never supposed to be doing a Harrison Ford impression.
As soon as news hit that there would be a prequel movie revolving around a young Han Solo, fans were busy discussing if anyone could possibly replace Harrison Ford.
Ron Howard, the director of Solo, has revealed that they never wanted the actor cast as Han to try and copy Ford, telling Empire Magazine (via ScreenRant) about the thinking behind Ehrenreich’s performance:
“It was always clear from the beginning, before I was involved, that it was not going to be an impression of Harrison. No one wanted that,” Howard said. “Part of Han Solo’s character is sort of a vibe and a feel and a body language.”
Some fans are still worried whether they will be able to accept Alden as Han but with just a matter of weeks until the film’s release, they won’t have to wait long to see if the actor has managed to pull off the daunting task.
A new adventure with the most beloved scoundrel in the galaxy. Through a series of daring escapades deep within a dark and dangerous criminal underworld, Han Solo meets his mighty future copilot Chewbacca and encounters the notorious gambler Lando Calrissian, in a journey that will set the course of one of the Star Wars saga’s most unlikely heroes.
Solo: A Star Wars Story features Alden Ehrenreich (Hail, Caesar!) as the famous smuggler, Donald Glover (Atlanta) as Lando Calrissian, Woody Harrelson (War for the Planet of the Apes) as Tobias Beckett, Joonas Suotamo as Chewbacca, Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Fleabag) as L3-37, Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones) as Qi’Ra, Thandie Newton (Westworld) as Val, Ian Kenny (Sing Street) as Rebolt, Harley Durst (Wonder Woman) as Moloch, Jon Favreau (Spider-Man: Homecoming) as Rio Durant, Tien Hoang (Now You See Me 2) as Moloch’s henchman and Paul Bettany (Avengers: Infinity War) and Warwick Davis (Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi) in as-yet-unrevealed roles.