Even though news that Alden Ehrenreich had been cast as a young Han Solo came out more than two months ago, Lucasfilm and Disney finally made it official during this weekend’s Star Wars Celebration Europe by introducing the actor on screen.
Ehrenreich (Beautiful Creatures, Hail, Caesar!) was cast by directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller (The LEGO Movie) following a sweeping Gone With the Wind-like search when they cast a wide net that saw more than 3,000 actors from across the world audition for the role played by Harrison Ford in the original movies.
The actor will star in the untitled Star Wars spinoff/anthology film penned by the father-and-son duo of Lawrence (The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, The Force Awakens) and Jon Kasdan and production is slated to start in January or February, for a May 25, 2018, release date. This will be Lawrence Kasdan’s final Star Wars movie (as per his words).
It was also revealed that Ehrenreich was actually the first to audition for the role of everyone's favorite space smuggler, and that the 26-year-old actor had to perform a bunch of screen tests, including scenes with Chewie and the Millennium Falcon. Hmm. Do you think we’ll get to see Han win the Millennium Falcon from a young Lando Calrissian in that game of sabacc? I hope so! Oh, and since the storyline is said to take place between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope, there were rumors that we could see him make a cameo appearance in Rogue One.
How about you? Are you looking forward to seeing Alden Ehrenreich make the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs when the untitled Han Solo Star Wars anthology movie drops out of hyperspace in 2018?
(via Spinoff Online)