Alden Ehrenreich has landed the coveted role of Han Solo after thousands of actors were considered to portray a younger version of the iconic character for the upcoming “Star Wars” spinoff-prequel.
He won the role over some familiar and famous young actors that were considered for the role including Miles Teller (Fantastic Four), Ansel Elgort (The Fault in our Stars), Dave Franco (Now You See Me and Neighbors), Jack Reynor (Transformers: Age of Extinction), Scott Eastwood (Suicide Squad), Emory Cohen (Brooklyn), Taron Egerton (Kingsman the Secret Circle), Logan Lerman (Fury), and Blake Jenner (Glee).
For those unfamiliar with Alden Ehrenreich he made his feature film debut in Francis Ford Coppola’s independent film Tetro (2009) and appeared in Coppola’s subsequent film Twixt (2011).
In 2013, he appeared in Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine, Park Chan-wook’s Stoker and starred in Richard LaGravenese’s Beautiful Creatures. More recently In 2016, he starred as Hobie Doyle in the Coen brothers comedy Hail, Caesar!
The upcoming Han Solo project is being written by Lawrence Kasden (co-writer of The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens) & Jon Kasden and directed by Phil Lord & Chris Miller (writer/directors of The LEGO Movie and 21 Jump Street), doesn’t begin shooting until January.
The early casting was necessary because according to reports the new young Han Solo will have a cameo in the upcoming spinoff “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” which is now shooting.
On Thursday, Director Chris Miller tweeted a shot of Solo’s iconic blaster with the accompanying caption: “Can’t wait to get shooting!”
— Chris Miller (@chrizmillr) May 4, 2016
Alden Ehrenreich will be taking over the Han Solo mantle from Harrison Ford, who first appeared as the captain of Millennium Falcon in 1977’s Star Wars: A New Hope, as well as The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi.
Harrison Ford also returned to the character with his role in 2015’s The Force Awakens.
Writer Lawrence Kasdan spoke about the project on the Empire Film podcast late last year, saying: “I think it won’t be the thing you’re worried about. It will not be like, here is where he was born and this is how he was raised. I think what it will be is what was he like 10 years earlier, ya know, maybe a little earlier you’ll get a glimpse, but…what formed the person we meet in the cantina? It is not so much about his specific history. It is about what makes a person like that? He’s not full-formed in the cantina! Kurosawa once said, ‘The heroes are the ones that are still changing and the villains are locked and petrified into what they are,’ and Harrison [Ford] embodies in Force Awakens someone that’s still not settled on who he is.”
Overall plot details are being kept under wraps, though it won’t quite be a typical origin story. Instead, the film is expected to follow Solo before he links up with the rebel alliance. Chewbacca will play a key role, and it’s entirely possible that young Han could cross paths with the bounty hunter known as Boba Fett.
The stand-alone Han Solo film expected to be called Han Solo: A Star Wars Story is set to be release on May 25th, 2018.