The reception at the time of the announcement and since has remained about as cool as the character, with much more enthusiasm going to casting, say, Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian, "Game of Thrones" star Emilia Clarke as Kira, and Woody Harrelson, just for bringing his Woody Harrelson-ness to the proceedings.
But the guy in the title role? Well, he is in the thankless role of having to play a character Harrison Ford elevated from second banana anti-hero to cultural icon 41 years ago.
Still, I am psyched, and it's not because I spotted Ehrenreich in one of his TV roles 10 years ago and have been on the bandwagon ever since, or because I latched onto his rising star in the Coen Brothers-George Clooney flick "Hail, Caesar" and believe my instincts are being proven right.
No, it starts with Alden. The name.
It is a name I have had since birth, and one I rarely see out and and about. It was my father's name and — like mine — is my nephew's middle name. And up until now, it has not been terribly well known — when people see "Richard A. Copley" and ask what the A stands for, I am used to puzzled looks and questions like, "Odd one?" which may be kind of appropriate.
But really, I loved the name. Well, maybe not initially. When I was really young, and didn't want to be weird in any way, I think I wished the A was Andrew, or something "normal."
But as I grew, I learned its meaning: Old friend. How cool is that? Who doesn't like an old friend?
Then, of course, after my father's passing, there was the honor of carrying his somewhat unusual name on. There were points I even considered making my byline R. Alden Copley, but that sounded a bit, well ... I'm more of a Rich.
But this is fun, having an Alden take on one of the major roles from the movie franchise that in many ways started me on this entertainment journalism path when I was a mere 10 — don't do the math.
Of course, this could all go wrong. What if Ehrenreich in the next Hayden Christensen, who completely squandered a career-making opportunity with his wooden, sulky performances as Anakin Skywalker in the Star Wars prequels. So far, while he's not being hailed as the second coming of Harrison Ford, it looks like Ehrenreich is getting reasonably good notices for his performance as Solo.
I don't know that this will lead to any rash of boys being named Alden — it sat at 824th in popularity in boys names this year, according to Babycenter.com. I do know the best response to my enthusiasm for Ehrenreich's first name has come from the young man I helped name, Christopher.
"Yeah," my son replied during a moment of Alden boosterism, "you know, I don't have a whole lot of trouble finding movie stars named Chris."