Alden Ehrenreich Cast as Young Han Solo in ‘Star Wars’ Spin-Off

By May 5, 2016

Right when the original news that Disney and Lucasfilm would be making a Young Han Solo movie, with Phil Lord and Chris Miller at the helm, the question that came to everyones’ minds was who the studio would cast as the character, and therefore be tasked with taking over the iconic role originally played by Harrison Ford. Some of the rumored contenders have been Taron Egerton, Miles Teller, Emory Cohen, Ansel Elgort, and more.

Following his recent breakout role in The Coen Bros’ Hail, Caesar! earlier this year though, Alden Ehrenreich entered into the conversation fairly late in the game from the sounds of it, but has since emerged as a frontrunner for the role over the past few weeks.

Now, TheWrap is reporting that Ehrenreich is currently finalizing a deal with Disney and Lucasfilm to play the role in the film. Nothing is official yet, but the report states that numerous inside sources have confirmed the actor as already being cast in the role, and keeps in line with some of the more recent reports surrounding the casting. The 22 Jump Street filmmakers will direct the spin-off film, based on a script by Lawrence Kasdan and his son, Jon Kasdan.

While the plot details and official title for the film are still being kept under wraps, the film is expected to follow both Solo and his partner, Chewbacca, sometime in between Episode III and Episode IV. Numerous reports and rumors have indicated that this new Han Solo could make his onscreen introduction briefly first in Rogue One – A Star Wars Story later this year as well, before moving on to his own film in 2018.

Interestingly enough, the report also states that it’s possible Han could run across a young Boba Fett in the film as well, though that could just be speculation and hearsay at this point.

While he doesn’t resemble Harrison Ford in 1977 all that much if we’re being completely honest, the minute that Ehrenreich entered into the conversations, he became my pick to play the role, and I’m excited to see it come into fruition finally. Out of all of the other names rumored for the role, Ehrenreich seemed like the most interesting choice, and more than anything else – I’m looking forward to seeing what Ehrenreich can bring to this role, and what he can add to the character that isn’t already there. Nice job, Disney and Lucasfilm.

The Young Han Solo movie will hit theatres on May 25th, 2018.

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Alex Welch

Alex Welch

Alex dreams of meeting a girl with a yellow umbrella, and spends too much time* staring at a movie screen. His vocabulary consists mostly of movie quotes and 80s song lyrics. *Debatable