The original Star Wars was one of the seminal films of the ‘70s, so it’s understandable why director Ron Howard and Lucasfilm are bringing some of the vibe from that decade into Solo: A Star Wars Story. While no one expects Solo to be a complete throwback to that era, the stars of the movie touched upon the influence of the ‘70s at tonight's world premiere in Los Angeles.
Alden Ehrenreich, the young Han Solo in the film, emphasized that he made sure to understand the Star Wars movies above all else. But he also mentioned a very specific ‘70s film that may have informed the story as well.
"The Star Wars universe is such a vast and complex world and so the main thing was to kind of learn that,” said Ehrenreich. “But speaking of the '70s movies, one of my favorite movies growing up was Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. And I think this movie has a little bit of the fun of that film.”
One thing we can safely rule out of Solo is an ending like the finale of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. After all, Han and Chewie need to make it out alive!
Emilia Clarke also mentioned the ‘70s when she was asked about her character, Qi'ra,
"There's a lot of mystique around Qi'ra,” related Clarke. “She's a bit of an enigma, so I think I was kind of channeling the film noir sort of '70s classic movies to try and get a little mystique going for her.”
Clarke also acknowledged that Han’s relationship with Qi’ra is one of the few elements in the film that fans didn’t know about his backstory.
"It's a pretty special [relationship],” shared Clarke. “Everything about this movie is getting you ready for what you already know, and I think that the way that we get there is pretty satisfying."
Ehrenreich also mentioned his feelings of satisfaction while speaking about what he learned during his time on the film, and making it through the experience.
“I feel like I learned a lot... to do all of the stunts, you kind of have to be an athlete. So I learned a lot about training,” recalled Ehrenreich. “And I think I also walked away with a different feeling of satisfaction of something so huge [that] means so much. To go through that experience was really a wonderful achievement.”
Solo: A Star Wars Story will hit theaters on May 25.