Would that it were so simple for every actor?
Then again, not every actor is as talented as Alden Ehrenreich, who, despite only being 27 years old, has already worked with Francis Ford Coppola, Sofia Coppola, Richard LaGravenese, Park Chan-wook, Woody Allen, Warren Beatty, and Joel and Ethan Coen. (He was also “discovered” by Steven Spielberg in a bat mitzvah video he made when he was 14.) Ehrenreich was still considered a long shot to land the coveted role of Han Solo in Phil Lord and Christopher Miller’s spinoff, though, because he wasn’t as as well known as Miles Teller, Ansel Elgort, or Dave Franco. But between his scene-stealing performance in Hail, Caesar!, and landing the lead part in the motherf*cking Han Solo movie, no one can accuse Ehrenreich of being under-the-radar anymore.
Interview spoke to Ehrenreich while he was preparing to shoot the still-untitled Star Wars film in London. The audition process “went on for a long time, and I got to spend a lot of time with the guys who are directing the film,” he said. “Getting to be around them and being around the world a little bit has been the main experience so far. I did my audition on the Millennium Falcon for one of my screen tests, which was pretty cool.” Millions of nerds suddenly cried out in jealously that they didn’t get to hang out on the Falcon.
When asked about now always having a place in movie history, Ehrenreich responded, “I’m just excited to be a part of the movie. It’s always the particulars that are the most exciting. The idea of it is really exciting, but the most fun part is the actual job you get to do: the character that you get to play, the people that you work with, the day-to-day experience. I haven’t started this yet, but that’s where I feel the most grateful.” He hasn’t met Harrison Ford yet, and isn’t quite sure how he’s going to play the stuck-up, half-witted, scruffy-looking nerf herder. “It’s still kinda early for me,” he said.