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.
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 is now playing in theaters.
Born in 1976, Benedict Cumberbatch wasn’t even a year old when the first Star Wars movie came out, so we’re pretty sure he didn’t see it during its original theatrical run. But that didn’t stop him from growing up with Han Solo as his early idol. Cumberbatch, who currently plays a couple of iconic characters — Sherlock Holmes on television and Doctor Strange in the movies — told us he wanted to be Harrison Ford when he was young. (Click on the media bar below to hear Benedict Cumberbatch)
You can see Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange in Avengers: Infinity War, which is in theaters now.
Competition for the part of Han Solo in the Star Wars origin story was pretty fierce. After all, is there a Star Wars fan alive who doesn’t dream of piloting the Millennium Falcon? Alden Ehrenreich, who’d previously starred in Beautiful Creatures and Hail, Caesar!, knew he’d be one of many, many actors going after the role. He talked to us about the audition process, which was unlike anything he’d ever done before. (Click on the media bar below to hearAlden Ehrenreich)
Solo: A Star Wars Story opens on the 41st anniversary of the original Star Wars release, on May 25.