The Young Han Solo Frontrunner Has Been Revealed

By April 14, 2016

Rogue One isn’t the only Star Wars spin-off movie that Disney has been working on over the past few years, and it’s not even the only announced one at this point, with 22 Jump Street helmers Phil Lord and Chris Miller set to direct a 2018 movie following the adventures and origins of a Young Han Solo and Chewbacca, with Lawrence and Jon Kasdan set to write the film’s screenplay as well.

There’s been a lot of noise made about the film’s casting of the titular character over the past few months as well, and after Ford’s seemingly irreplaceable work as the character has made Han Solo one of the most iconic names in film history – to say that the idea of recasting that role successfully is a daunting one – would be an understatement.

After a new shortlist of actors for the coveted role was revealed a few weeks ago as well, Deadline is reporting that Hail, Caesar! breakout star, Alden Ehrenreich has emerged as the frontrunner for the role in the eyes of Disney and Lucasfilm. The report even goes on to state that official news of the casting may be on the verge of breaking sometime very soon.

Other actors that have been rumored for the role over the past few months include Kingsman‘s Taron Egerton, Transformer 4‘s Jack Reynor, Brooklyn‘s Emory Cohen and more as well, with Ehrenreich only recently appearing to be up for the role, in the latest casting report. After blasting onto the public consciousness following the Coen Brothers’ Hail, Caesar!, where he managed to steal the film out from every single one of its other stars though, it’s not hard to see why the studio might have started looking at Ehrenreich a little more closely after the film’s release.

I’ve said it before as well, but out of every other actor up for the part, Ehrenreich has been my favorite pick. Not even because I can necessarily picture him best in the role or one of the iconic Han Solo costumes, but because out of every other one of these actors, Ehrenreich is the one who I feel would give the most interesting performance as Han Solo. The kind of performance that might not even be similar to Ford’s, but would be one that I’d at the very least, want to watch anyways, which I feel like might be the most important step in the casting process at this point.

The Young Han Solo movie is set to 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