Are you ready to meet the man who is set to make the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs? After emerging as the frontrunner a few weeks ago, Alden Ehrenreich (Beautiful Creatures, Hail, Caesar!) has nabbed the role of a young Han Solo.
The 26-year-old actor has been cast in directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller’s untitled Han Solo Star Wars spinoff movie set in a galaxy far, far away. Harrison Ford originally played the iconic role in four movies, starting with Star Wars: A New Hope.
Before being confirmed by Deadline, the story first broke on Page Six, who were told by their sources that Ehrenreich had signed on the dotted line to play the roguish space smuggler. Other sources had told them “Alden really impressed Disney and Lucasfilm execs with his screen tests. The deal is basically done.”
Shooting on the movie won’t start until January, but the reason why the Mouse House and Lucasfilm have announced the casting this early is because Ehrenreich's Han Solo will likely have a cameo in director Gareth Edward’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, which is currently filming. Yay! Although there are no storyline details yet, it’s said the Han Solo movie will be set between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope.
As some of you may already know, the Han Solo anthology movie is being produced and scripted by the dynamic father and son writing duo of Lawrence Kasdan (The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, The Force Awakens) and Jon Kasdan. In a recent Q&A, Kasdan said the upcoming movie would not delve into everyone’s favorite space scoundrel’s origin story:
“It will not be, ‘Here’s 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?’ . . . But [legendary Japanese filmmaker Akira] Kurosawa once said the heroes are the ones that are still changing and the villains are locked and petrified into what they are.”
What do you think of the casting of Alden Ehrenreich as our new Han Solo?