OFFICIAL: Actor Alden Ehrenreich Cast As Young Han Solo In Spin-off Film
By Matt O.
Its official folks, we finally have our new Han Solo.
According to Jeff Sneider at The Wrap, relatively unknown up-and-coming actor Alden Ehrenreich has officially landed the coveted role of young Han Solo.
The actor obviously has big shoes to feel considering the legendary Harrison Ford made Han Solo one of the greatest characters to ever be portrayed on the big-screen and is beloved by millions and millions of people.
The actor will first appear in a small cameo role in this year's Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, before starring in directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller's Han Solo Spin-off film.
The spin-off film will be set years before the first time we originally saw Harrison Ford's Han Solo in the infamous "Cantina" scene in Star Wars: A New Hope.
Get some more of the finer details from The Wrap report below:
“Hail, Caesar!” star Alden Ehrenreich is finalizing a deal to play young Han Solo in a “Star Wars” spinoff that Phil Lord and Christopher Miller will direct for Lucasfilm, multiple individuals familiar with the top-secret casting process have told TheWrap over the past week.
Ehrenreich inherits the star-making role from Harrison Ford, who first played the space hero in George Lucas original “Star Wars.”
Lord and Miller, the filmmakers behind “The Lego Movie,” are directing from a script by Lawrence Kasdan and his son Jon Kasdan. Lucasfilm’s Kathleen Kennedy is producing the blockbuster, which will be executive produced by the elder Kasdan and Jason McGatlin.
Ehrenreich certainly has big shoes to fill, but two of Hollywood’s most revered directors already think he has the stuff to be a leading man.
The 26-year-old actor was discovered at a friend’s bat mitzvah reception by none other than Steven Spielberg, who recognized star qualities in the young man. Ehrenreich quickly landed a lead role opposite Vincent Gallo in Francis Ford Coppola‘s 2009 drama “Tetro,” and he later reunited with the “Godfather” director on 2011’s “Twixt.”
Since then, Ehrenreich has worked with acclaimed filmmakers such as Woody Allen (“Blue Jasmine”), Park Chan-wook (“Stoker”), Richard LaGravenese (“Beautiful Creatures”) and the Coen brothers, who cast Ehrenreich as a major scene-stealer in their showbiz comedy “Hail, Caesar!”
So what do you guys think? Are you pleased with the casting? Do you think they made the right choice? Let us know and sound off in the comments below with your thoughts.
The Young Han Solo spin-off film is currently set to hit theaters on May 25th, 2018.