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There are few tougher assignments than taking on an iconic role for a franchise that has existed for decades. It’s difficult enough when audiences have their own image in their minds of what a character should look like that you have to live up to; imagine how hard it is when they’ve actually seen another actor — a beloved actor, even — play the role before.

So, for the record, Alden Ehrenreich is fine as Han Solo, which seems like a miracle; there are few more famous parts in movie history than Han Solo, so that he stays upright throughout the film is its own kind of victory.

In honor of Solo: A Star Wars Story, here are our five best recreations of iconic roles.



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