The verdict is in, people.
With Solo: A Star Wars Story finally opening in theaters this month, one question has been playing on everyone’s minds: What did the OG Han Solo think of the film?
Well, Harrison Ford himself has spoken — and he’s given the film his seal of approval!
During an Entertainment Tonight interview, Harrison and Solo director Ron Howard dropped by to surprise Alden Ehrenreich, who takes on Harrison’s iconic Han Solo character in the movie.
The 75-year-old Star Wars star hilariously teased the actor who was tasked with the very tall order of portraying a younger version of the role he so effortlessly and charmingly portrayed in the franchise: “Get out of my chair — get out of my life!”
He then turned serious when asked about his verdict on Alden’s performance in the new movie, sincerely stating:
“I just thought it was spectacular, and I thought he was so smart about what he did and how he did it. I just couldn’t be happier.”
Solo: A Star Wars Movie premiered last week in Los Angeles, but Harrison chose to skip the premiere because he did not want to steal Alden’s thunder — it was the young actor’s moment in the spotlight, after all. Very classy. But OG Han Solo of course watched the film — and loved it.
And Alden shared how much it meant to him and everyone involved in the movie that one of Star Wars’ most beloved actors enjoyed the prequel film:
“Right before we started shooting, I wanted to talk to Harrison, to pay respect and have him give his blessing. We had lunch 2 years ago, he was really encouraging and really supportive.
Today I was doing an interview and they said, ‘Is there anything you’d like to ask him?’ and he was behind me and was so effusive about the movie. It meant so much for me, Ron, Kathy, everyone. It’s a huge deal to have him genuinely love it.
It meant a lot to me that he took the time to come out here and do that. It was awesome.”
Solo: A Star Wars Movie will have its worldwide release on May 25, 2018, the 41st anniversary of Star Wars: Episode IV — the film which started it all, and where Harrison first made audiences all over the globe fall in love with Han Solo.