Solo: A Star Wars Story director Ron Howard says Alden Ehrenreich’s turn as Han Solo was never about doing an impression of Harrison Ford. Of course, the movie universe forever changed 41 years ago this May 25 when writer-director George Lucas’ first Star Wars film was released, introducing moviegoers worldwide to such soon-to-be iconic characters as Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) and Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher).

On the verge of stealing the show from Hamill and Fisher, though, was Ford, who breathed an undeniably unique life into Han Solo, a space pirate who would figure more prominently into the lives of Luke and Leia as the original film, ...

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