Alden Ehrenreich, the actor behind Han in this year’s Solo: A Star Wars Story, has recalled his reaction upon being cast in the movie.
There’s no question that despite the film not performing as well as anyone hoped, Alden Ehrenreich’s casting in Solo was the biggest moment of his career. Any role in a Star Wars movie is a big deal but to step into Harrison Ford’s shoes to play a young Han Solo? It doesn’t get much bigger than that.
But how did Ehrenreich feel when he was initially cast? Well, he didn’t quite know what to make of the situation, telling Fandango:
“I got the call, I was just on the street, and I called my family, I told them, but, all my friends, I couldn’t tell anyone really, it wasn’t even going to be announced for three months. And so I didn’t know what to do, but I felt I should do something. So I went to the beach by myself and walked around and there was the pier there so I went to the pier and I said, ‘I guess I’ll ride a ride,’ so I just rode a rollercoaster by myself.”
Donald Glover then added: “That’s the most ‘Alden’ answer I’ve ever heard.”
The gravity of the situation was obviously quite clear to the young actor, and although there likely won’t be a sequel to Solo, most seem to agree that Ehrenreich was a success in the famous role.
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, Paul Bettany (Avengers: Infinity War) as Dryden Vos and Warwick Davis (Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi) as Weazel.