It's Official: Alden Ehrenreich Cast as Young Han Solo in the Spin-Off

May 6, 2016
Source: Deadline

Alden Ehrenreich

Well, there we have it. Sources are reporting that it's now official that young actor Alden Ehrenreich will play young Han Solo in the upcoming Star Wars spin-off movie. As we already know, co-directors Chris Miller & Phil Lord are working on the new Han Solo solo movie, due in theaters in 2018, and they've been hard at work casting the various roles. Ehrenreich beat out strong contenders like Miles Teller, Ansel Elgort, Dave Franco, Jack Reynor, Scott Eastwood, Logan Lerman, Emory Cohen and plenty others for the Solo gig. Many cinephiles should quite familiar with Alden Ehrenreich as he was in one of the best scenes of the Coen Brothers' recent Hail Caesar!, and was in Woody Allen's Blue Jasmine before that. He's an excellent choice.

The news was confirmed by Deadline, where they state that Ehrenreich is "negotiating to seal the deal" and sign all the contracts. As we've come to expect from Lucasfilm, Alden won't be able to talk about this at all until the movie hits theaters in late 2018. After seeing him in Hail Caesar! (in the "Would that it twere so simple" scene), it's pretty clear he is extremely talented and obviously would eventually land something big. Ehrenreich has also appeared in Beautiful Creatures, Park Chan-wook's Stoker and Francis Ford Coppola's Twixt, so he already has quite a bit of experience. No other plot or character details were revealed, but at least we have an idea of the age/timing they're going for with this Han Solo movie. I'm a bit excited already.

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Dash Rendar or nothing.

tarek on May 6, 2016


This is more prequels, please.

TheOct8pus on May 6, 2016


Disney is a rich autistic entity. they will keep making prequels even on banthas as long as people will pay to see them.

tarek on May 6, 2016


Until I see a trailer...I'll reserve my Judgey-McJudgement.

RAW_D on May 6, 2016


Yeah, I'm wanting the SW universe to expand, not contract. I'll be honest, Rouge One looks promising, but I don't want a hundred pre-quels. I think after killing off Han Solo in Ep.7, they should just leave that character alone and focus elsewhere. And this is coming from someone who WANTED to see some Han Solo smuggling adventures prior to hooking up with Luke and old Ben. But that was before they started looking at more and more pre-quels.

theslayer5150 on May 6, 2016


Exactly my feeling. I loved the original star Wars because it was a window opened wide on a wider universe. I don't want to watch movies on Leia, Han and Chewbacca for the rest of m life.

tarek on May 7, 2016


It doesn't matter who they cast, a Young Han Solo Movie shouldn't be made. As someone below me already said make a Dash Rendar Movie with Chris Pratt or someone of the like. Dash was a more action oriented character anyway.

BNN667 on May 6, 2016


WHEN HAN MET CHEWIE...that's all I need.

DAVIDPD on May 6, 2016


I own the Han Solo trilogy books (which offer a rather compelling origin story to our favorite Corellian smuggler,) and I'm cautiously optimistic about this film. Phil Lord and Chris Miller make movies I like to see (not taking a stance on whether or not they fall into the "good" category, I just know that I enjoy the fuck out of them). 2) They cast a guy to play solo that is not a mega star actor dude, which will make it easier for us all to swallow that he "is" Solo (smart move if you ask me). I love the EU, and am disappointed that I will never see a Grand Admiral Thrawn series of films, but I feel like these movies are being treated earnestly and with integrity to the fans, so bring it on!

michaelscott on May 7, 2016


I was hoping more of the Thrawn Trilogy would've been incorporated into Star Wars: Force Awakens, however, we just got a rehash of a New Hope...which was disappointing to say the least.

RAW_D on May 9, 2016


Well, ok.

Lar Rackell on May 7, 2016

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