Ehrenreich stars as a younger version of Han Solo, the arrogant smuggler immortalized by Harrison Ford throughout four Star Wars adventures. Glover, meanwhile, channels the swag of Solo’s frenemy Lando Calrissian, played by Billy Dee Williams in The Empire Strikes Back and The Return of the Jedi (plus numerous animated spinoffs).
Ford and Williams, for two, are fans of the work of their “predecessors,” at least according to the young stars.
“He has seen it, and I haven’t talked to him, but I hear it was very positive, that he really liked it a lot,” Ehrenreich told Yahoo Entertainment at the film’s Los Angeles press day. “Which means a lot to me, and means a lot to all of us who worked on it.”
On the very next day, Ford surprised the actor while he was in the middle of an interview with Entertainment Tonight. So clearly the 75-year-old screen legend is feeling supporting of Ehrenreich’s efforts. (Previously, the two had only met once, over lunch.)
Glover gushed over the texting relationship he’s developed with Williams, who attended last week’s Hollywood premiere.
“We’re on a text level, we’re on emoji level,” Glover laughed. “He’s just a cool guy, really sweet, and suave.”
And he, too, approved. “He sent me a text and he said, ‘You did great,'” Glover said. “I was like, ‘Aw, I did it. Billy liked it!’ That was all that mattered, to me, anyway.”
Solo: A Star Wars Story opens May 25.
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