Actor Alden Ehrenreich certainly has big shoes to fill in Solo: A Star Wars Story, where he'll play a young version of the fan-favorite Star Wars scoundrel originally made famous by Harrison Ford. However, while The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson assures Ehrenreich is doing anything but impersonating Ford in his performance, Solo director Ron Howard still made it a point to compare the upcoming spinoff to another classic Ford film: Raiders of the Lost Ark.
“I was very excited about the [Han Solo]'s relationships," Howard said at a press conference for the upcoming Star Wars spinoff on Saturday. "This is different than the other movies -- it’s one guy’s adventure story," he added, segueing into how the "single character's journey" element of the film reminds him of Raiders of the Lost Ark, which Solo co-writer Lawrence Kasdan also penned. “What surprised me was how complicated and exciting and fun it was to stage the big action scenes, which is something I hadn’t done in a long, long time.”
Early social media reactions for Solo are already praising not just the film itself, but also the cast -- Ehrenreich included. This, of course, should come as a relief after reports from last summer indicated that Lucasfilm wasn't happy with Ehrenreich's performance, prompting the studio to hire a last-minute acting coach to assist the young star during the film's extensive reshoots.
Directed by Ron Howard, 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. The film opens May 25.