Harrison Ford left behind some sizable shoes, and Ehrenreich - making a stratospheric leap after his breakthrough role in "Hail, Caesar!" - initially struggles to fill them.
Initial reactions online after the premiere were positive, praising Ehrenreich and Glover and the film's space heist action sequences. "It's really wild. It's really exciting".
The film's director was standing alongside Ford, having set up the whole thing.
"It didn't feel right to do it without meeting him". "I just thought it was spectacular", he said.
We see him being drawn into the life of smuggling, as his mentor Tobias Beckett leaves him with the good bit of advice: "Assume everyone will betray you and you will never be disappointed". And then we went out to lunch. The first movie was not exactly flawless with regards to its story, either - but I would be keen to see more of its characters and world in a time where studios have proven that they know how to make fantasy movies.
The odds were stacked against Alden Ehrenreich. Ford's portrayal of the gruff smuggler in the original "Star Wars" catapulted him to stardom and has become one of the characters most closely associated with the actor.
Solo: A Star Wars Story opens in New Zealand cinemas on May 24.
Solo: A Star Wars Story will hit United Kingdom cinemas on May 24, 201 - a day earlier than the US.
However, since the money-spinning franchise has branched out into a series of spin-off films, Ron thinks the idea of directing a "Star Wars" movie has become much less daunting. It also doesn't help that Star Wars fans can be notoriously harsh, and are often divisive when it comes to either favoring or dismissing new films.