Although he said goodbye to the Star Wars franchise in 2015’s The Force Awakens, Harrison Ford was able to contribute to the making of Solo: A Star Wars Story by helping the new Han Solo (Alden Ehrenreich) and director Ron Howard capture the essence of the iconic character.

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly [via IGN], Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy said Ford was able to provide Ehrenreich with valuable insight into Han and what makes the character so special. Apparently, Ford discussed how George Lucas helped him develop Han in the original trilogy when he met with the young actor.

“What [Ford] did so beautifully for Alden was he talked a lot about what he remembered when he first read Star Wars, and what George had done with Han,” Kennedy said. “Who the character was and the conversations he had for so many years with George about how that character developed.”

Ehrenreich would often bring up Ford’s advice throughout the filming of Solo. “There were several times in the course of making the movie where Alden would actually recount some of the things that Harrison had pointed out,” Kennedy said. “I think that was really, really helpful to him.”

Ron Howard credits Ford with helping provide insight into Han’s struggles with wanting to connect with people due to having grown up an orphan, as well as touching upon Han’s mindset during tense situations.

“Han’s not as on top of it as he needs to be,” Howard said, recalling his conversation with Ford. “So he wants to give the appearance of [control], but in fact, he’s often scrambling. I think Harrison played that beautifully, and Alden and I talked about both of those ideas a lot.”

Solo: A Star Wars Story opens in theaters on May 26. For more on the movie, be sure to check out the recently released trailer.

Source: Entertainment Weekly