It may not seem like it on the surface, but exploring what made Han Solo the charismatic smuggler we meet (and who absolutely shoots first) in Mos Eisley Cantina in A New Hope is a gutsy thing to do. Ding! Discussion of the Kessel Run, complete with parsecs?
“With Force Awakens you get the nostalgia rush, like, maybe we weren’t as judgy about that movie as people are being about Last Jedi because like we’re going to give you”, Smith explained on his Fat Man on Batman podcast.
Solo: A Star Wars Story got Rian Johnson’s glowing approval. Many fans have been questioning the validity of the rumors.
To put all speculations to rest, scriptwriters Lawrence Kasdan and Jonathan Kasdan finally confirmed the truth.
I’m guessing if the box office return for Han Solo is lower than what Disney would like, we could see leadership changes at LucasFilm with the ouster of Kathleen Kennedy.
Ford, of course, has actually passed the torch to Ehrenreich, praising the new Star Wars film and even recently crashing the younger actor’s interview for the film. They show Han, Lando, Chewie and Qi’ra gathered around a Sabaac table. “And also some of the humour around some of the action in Willow was something I inspired to get into Solo”. That would be trickier to pull off in Solo since we’re dealing with a story that exists, at least mostly, outside of the general “Imperial vs”.
The film stars Alden Ehrenreich, Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, Donald Glover, Thandie Newton, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Joonas Suotamo, and Paul Bettany. Ehrenreich proved his old-school star quality with his daffy and charming performance in “Hail, Caesar!” and here he pulls off the daunting task of stepping in for Harrison Ford, masking the character’s commitment to seemingly lost causes with devil-may-care insouciance.
It is cool to imagine how Harrison Ford would have approached Solo if he were able to play the part, but from initial reviews (one from Ford himself), Alden Ehrenreich was able to do a pretty bang-up job playing the space scoundrel.