Solo: A Star Wars Story

Ron Howard: Harrison Ford praised Alden Ehrenreich's performance in Solo, 'he made it his own'

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May 22, 2018

The cast of Solo: A Star Wars Story, particularly the actors playing younger versions of beloved characters, had some pretty big shoes to fill. It was always inevitable that Alden Ehrenreich and Donald Glover would live in the shadows of and be compared to Harrison Ford and Billy Dee Williams. Han and Lando are so iconic, that if Lucasfilm screwed them up, the fans would take notice. 

Luckily, the die hard Star Wars fanatics have nothing to worry about because the finished production turned out really well and even better than that, Ehrenreich and Glover are its best qualities. When Phil Lord and Chris Miller were running the show, they didn't want Ehrenreich doing a full-on Harrison Ford impression and it seems he took that advice to heart. The film's writers, Lawrence and Jonathan Kasdan, also alluded to Ehrenreich's skills in SYFY WIRE's interview digging into the story of bringing a young Han Solo to life.

During an interview with Variety, replacement director Ron Howard said that Ford saw the film twice and really enjoyed it. After the first viewing, the 75-year-old actor was bubbling with praise. 

“I had never heard Harrison effusive about anything, and he was raving about it,” Howard said. “He said, ‘Alden nailed it. He made it his own.’”

Ehrenreich added:

“Just like in a biopic, the main thing is that pretty soon into the movie you’re really just involved with this story and these characters, and that’s the most important thing. Your job is the same as in any other movie: to make the scene work and make it feel like a real person.”

Billy Dee Williams was also approving of the way Glover portrayed Lando Calrissian

"He texted me," Glover told Variety. He said, 'Good job.' I was really surprised. I didn’t ask for it. If he hated it, I’d just rather not know."

You can watch Ehrenreich and Lando's Solo performance when the film hits theaters this Friday.