«I remember pretending to be the characters in the movies when I was a little kid. The last three movies I’ve done, I played a cowboy, then I played a soldier, and now I play Han Solo,» the actor recalls in the November issue of Interview. «So the little kid in me is having a real joyride.»
Ehrenreich has been working steadily for years, but playing Han Solo is his biggest—and most daunting—role to date. The Star Wars character’s origin story, which co-stars Donald Glover as the smug smuggler Lando Calrissian, is slated for theatrical release on May 25, 2018.
But «pretty cool» doesn’t even begin to describe it.
When Ehrenreich shot the 2009 film Tetro, he says, «I remember thinking, ‘Oh, at some point this will end up feeling second nature,’ and it never really does. It’s always a little fantastical.»
For a time, it seemed every young actor in Hollywood was vying to play the iconic character. Charlie Cox and Dave Franco later admitted to bombing their auditions, while other rumored contenders included Taron Egerton, Ansel Elgort, Tom Felton, Logan Lerman, Jack Reynor, Max Thieriot, Miles Teller and Rami Malek. «Whenever you hear somebody else is auditioning for something, you sort of assume they’re going to get it,» Ehrenreich, 26, admits. «You should try to just ignore it. I don’t find it very helpful to know who else is going up for stuff, generally.»