Ehrenreich signs on to star in THREE Star Wars movies.
The galaxy far, far away is here to stay…and so is Star Wars franchise newcomer Alden Ehrenreich it seems. The young star will soon be piloting the Millennium Falcon as Han Solo alongside the mighty Wookiee, Chewbacca in the upcoming blockbuster, Solo: A Star Wars Story, the next chapter in the Lucasfilm anthology series. The Ron Howard directed Star Wars standalone movie will see Ehrenreich taking over the role from series legend, Harrison Ford alongside Joonas Suotamo who is reprising his role as Chewbacca in both The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi.
The announcement of Ehrenreich’s casting as Solo was met with a certain amount of scrutiny and the original teaser trailer did little to sway the pessimists from their concerns. However, the subsequent theatrical trailer, as well as the abundance of superb TV Spots has turned the tide in favor of the young actor.
Stepping into the shoes of the highly regarded screen legend, Harrison Ford is an almost impossible task, but Ehrenreich has taken up the challenge, and with a little advice from the master himself, his incarnation of Han Solo will be filling our screens when Solo: A Star Wars Story arrives on May 24. One can be forgiven for thinking that the pressure of starring in a singular outing as everyone’s favorite scruffy looking nerfherder would be more than enough for the young actor, but you’d be dead wrong. In a recent interview with Esquire, the actor let slip that he had, in fact signed on to portray Han Solo…three times.
You heard right. Alden Ehrenreich will be back as the captain of the Millennium Falcon for a further two adventures alongside his walking carpet of a co-pilot Chewbacca. You can check out the bulk of the interview with Esquire’s Alex Pappademas here:
He knows what he’s getting into. It’s a deeper commitment than just one movie. Even Ford couldn’t quit after just one. I ask Ehrenreich how many he’s signed up for. “Three,” he says, then flinches, understanding he may have just created a disturbance in the Force. “I don’t know if that’s officially, uh, public. But—yeah.” Anyway: Between auditions for Solo, Ehrenreich took a trip out to Death Valley. “I stayed in, like, a high-end tepee, which you can rent out there,” he says. “I’m making myself sound a lot more rugged than I actually am. I’m also getting green juices delivered to the tepee.”
Being counted as one of the cynic’s way back when he was cast as my favorite Star Wars character, I am delighted with this incredibly exciting news. The outstanding theatrical trailer for Solo: A Star Wars Story, completely transformed my opinions about his casting, and the resulting TV Spots which revealed the rapport between Solo and his faithful companion, Chewbacca have dispelled the last of my anxieties. Furthermore, having Harrison Ford available behind the cameras to offer expert guidance to his young understudy, has catapulted my excitement levels into the stratosphere.
The notion of immersing myself in another two Han Solo adventures is music to my ears and the possibility of further escapades aboard the Millennium Falcon sparks the imagination…and that is damn exciting. The six-year old version of myself whom first encountered Han Solo when Return of the Jedi was unleashed upon the world just went into cardiac arrest, but the resonating boom of the Millennium Falcon’s engines will serve as the perfect defibrillator.
Solo: A Star Wars Story hits our screens on May 24.
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