The original Star Wars movie was a breathtaking piece of filmmaking in its day. In 1977, CGI animation was still in its infancy and virtually nonexistent, so all of the special effects in Star Wars were done the old-fashioned way. Now, CGI technology is commonplace, and most of the newer Star Wars movies rely heavily upon computer graphics. Ron Howard, however, bucked that trend while making Solo: A Star Wars Story, and the film’s star, Alden Ehrenreich, is amazed by how cool the old-style effects look.
Solo: A Star Wars Story, is playing now in theaters everywhere.
Alden Ehrenreich was born in 1989, 12 years after the character he is now playing, Han Solo, was introduced in the original Star Wars. That meant he had a little bit of catching up to do, if he was going to be as much of a Han Solo expert as the die-hard fans who will be judging his performance. So, along with watching the original movies, did Ehrenreich Google everything he could find about Solo and Star Wars ?
Solo: A Star Wars Story opens in theaters everywhere this Friday.
Solo: A Star Wars Story is not just the origin story of Han Solo and his best buddy Chewbacca. Donald Glover takes on the role of Lando Calrissian, a role that was originally played in The Empire Strikes Back by Billy Dee Williams.
“I just love the way it looks,” said Glover. “It feels like a very edgy film and I feel like there is enough there to satisfy anybody who has wondered about Han or Lando. There’s so much about Han in this movie that you connect with . . . I just hope that people can really connect and they’re interested in this world because I would love to be a part of this world again. It’s really great.
Click on the media bar to hear Glover elaborate on why it was a “dream” to take part in Solo: A Star Wars Story:
Solo: A Star Wars Story, co-starring Alden Ehrenreich, opens May 25.
He may not be a conventional superhero, but Han Solo is such a beloved character in the Star Wars universe that he’s been given his own origin story. Solo: A Star Wars Story fills us in on the character’s life and adventures before his fateful meeting with Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia. Alden Ehrenreich stars as the young Solo, and he told us he loved getting to shoot so many scenes aboard Solo’s legendary spaceship, the Millennium Falcon. (Click on the media bar below to hear Alden Ehrenreich)
Solo: A Star Wars Story opens on May 25, the 41st anniversary of the original film’s theatrical release.
If Solo: A Star Wars Story is going to work, the bond between Han Solo (Alden Ehrenreich) and Chewbacca has to pop off the screen. A brief teaser trailer released by Lucasfilm shows us glimpses of the pair’s initial meeting, and it’s also funny to see Chewie skeptical over Han’s card game playing skills.
Speaking of skepticism, there was initial doubts by critics and Star Warsenthusiasts if Ehrenreich could pull off the iconic role, but the trailers that have been released show off an actor who feels completely comfortable in the role. It’s impossible to follow in Harrison Ford’s footsteps, but considering Ehrenreich was excellent in Warren Beatty’s 2016 feature Rules Don’t Apply, it’s apparent he has the chops to carry his own film. Though Phil Lord and Chris Miller left the project over “creative differences,” having Ron Howard as the director is another plus for Solo: A Star Wars Story’s prospects.
Are you excited about the film? Check out the teaser and tell us what you think!
Solo: A Star Wars Story, co-starring Woody Harrelson, opens May 25.