After getting our first look at the “Star Wars” Han Solo spin-off on Super Bowl Sunday, the film’s star is opening up about meeting the original Solo, Harrison Ford.
Alden Ehrenreich, 28, reveals he met with the notoriously grumpy Ford to get his take on playing the galaxy’s best vest-wearing smuggler.
“He said a great thing when I met him,” the actor tells Entertainment Weekly. “‘Tell them I told you everything you needed to know, and that you can’t tell anyone.'”
The actor, best known for his role in the Coen Brothers’ “Hail, Caesar!”, explains he wanted to meet Ford to get his blessing to take on the role he originated in 1977.
“I wanted to meet him because I just felt generally it wouldn’t be right to do the movie without some kind of contact with him, and I’m really glad I did. He was very, very supportive,” he says, adding, “And it’s just cool to have lunch with Harrison Ford.”
“Solo: A Star Wars Story” explores the early days of the character, including his fateful introduction to future BFF Chewbacca. The movie, which has had its share of ups and downs – including the firing of original directing duo Phil Lord and Chris Miller and their subsequent replacement in the middle of production by Ron Howard – will focus on Solo’s quest to move beyond his childhood.
In Ehrenreich’s own words, the standalone film “tells the story of a young man pursuing a dream to get out of his pretty rough upbringing, and a lot of the story is him trying to make this dream come true and finding out that it’s a lot harder than he had imagined.”
“Solo: A Star Wars Story” opens on May 25.