Although Solo: A Star Wars Story doesn't arrive in theaters until this weekend, the film already has at least one notable fan: Harrison Ford.
In an interview with Variety, director Ron Howard revealed the original Han Solo actor had already seen Solo twice. The veteran actor called Howard after the first screening to compliment the telling of the origin story as well as Alden Ehrenreich's performance as a young Han.
"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.'"
Ford, who skipped the premiere, is not the only figure linked to the iconic franchise who has express support for the new film: Star Wars creator George Lucas gave Howard and the story his own seal of approval.
While critical response has been mixed, Solo is poised to have a record-breaking opening weekend.
Opening Friday nationwide, director Ron Howard’s Solo: A Star Wars Story stars Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo, Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian, Emilia Clarke as Qi’ra, and Joonas Suotamo as Chewbacca. They’re joined by Thandie Newton as Val, Phoebe Waller-Bridge L3-37, Paul Bettany as Dryden Vos, and Woody Harrelson as Tobias Beckett.