Solo: A Star Wars Story is kicking its marketing gear into light speed following its official teaser trailer premiere earlier in the week, and since then we've gotten tons of cool new images along with some new comments from actor Alden Ehrenreich. Ehrenreich tells Entertainment Weekly some of his details in preparing for the iconic role of a younger Han Solo.
In preparation for his role, Ehrenreich was mentored by original Han Solo himself, Mr. Harrison Ford, however Ehrenreich has revealed that he's not going to say what was said between himself and Ford:
“He’s great. He is a real gentleman, too. He said a great thing when I met him — ‘Tell them I told you everything you needed to know, and that you can’t tell anyone.’ …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. And it’s just cool to have lunch with Harrison Ford.”
Ehrenreich also explained that his version of Han is a much different individual than the older version of the character Harrison Ford played, hinting that seeing Han become the man he is in in the Original Trilogy is a big part of this movie’s own story:
“I think the main thing that’s different is that the Han we meet in this film is more of an idealist, he has certain dreams that he follows, and we watch how it affects him as those dreams meet new realities, realities that are harder and more challenging than he’d expected. I can’t say [what Han’s goal in this movie is without giving anything away], but it definitely involves independence, and calling your own shots. I thought the Kasdans did a wonderful job of kind of retroactively coming up with what kind of background would lead him to becoming the character we all know.”
Ehrenreich also talked a little about his and Lando's relationship during this time in Han Solo's life, but didn't really reveal much:
“That’s very hard to answer without giving things away, but I will say that their relationship is many different things. As it is when you see them in the originals.”
Donald Glover who plays Lando also spoke with EW revealing that they are indeed playing Sabaac in the film and that we may potentially see the legendary game between Solo and Lando when Han won the Millennium Falcon.
“We are getting a taste of that. How good is Lando? How good is Han?”
Solo: A Star Wars Story is scheduled for a May 25, 2018 release. Its cast includes Alden Ehrenreich, Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, Donald Glover, Thandie Newton, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Joonas Suotamo, Paul Bettany, Ian Kenny, and Warwick Davis.