Alden Ehrenreich will soon be suiting up as a younger version of Han Solo in the currently untitled anthology film from Phil Lord and Chris Miller. Recently, the actor sat down with Fandango to discuss what it was like to set foot on the Millennium Falcon and how the directors were able to calm his nerves in the process.
"Phil Lord made a joke and it turned out, for me, it was not a joke. He said this is like that scene in Hoosiers where [Gene Hackman] takes the kids out to the basket — and I’m gonna botch this line — but he says something like, ‘How many feet up is that basket? Ten feet. And how many feet is it back home? It’s the same.’ [Phil] said that as we were walking up the ramp, and it helped. [Phil] saying that really meant a lot to me, and it clues you in to the fact that this is the same job. This is the job you get to do."
He then went on to discuss his audition and screen test alongside a familiar Star Wars character.
"|What’s odd about [being on the Millennium Falcon] is that it’s all so familiar. I mean I’ve known it since I was a kid — I played make-believe as a kid, pretending that I was on it. So the fact that I already know the world so well, there’s a comfort in that and a real excitement. I mean I got to work with Chewbacca for my screen test. I can’t think of another form of transportation that is so beloved in film."
It's no secret that Ehrenreich has some serious shoes to fill, but his words clearly show he understands the responsibility that comes with the role of Han Solo. We can't wait to see how he handles the role!
Starring Alden Ehrenreich and Donald Glover, the Han Solo movie arrives on May 25th 2018.
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