Disney and Lucasfilm seem have finally completed their search for our brand new Han Solo, for his very own untitled solo movie, directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller. The intimidating task of casting someone to fill Harrison Ford’s roguish boots has filled many fans with dread; concerned that no one could quite live up to Ford’s depiction of the iconic character, but it seems like the anticipation is over as Alden Ehrenreich is reportedly set to become the scruffy looking nerf herder in the upcoming Star Wars spin-off, albeit a younger incarnation.
Alden Ehrenreich is a largely unknown actor, his biggest roles consisting of starring in Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine and The Coen Brothers’ Hail, Caesar!, but there is no denying his talent. The 26 year-old beat off competition from legions of young, hungry actors to battle his way through Disney’s grueling screen testing, to become the smuggler turned hero that we love and cherish. He was also a standout performer amongst the star-studded cast of Hail, Caesar! playing the naïve but enthusiastic Hobie Doyle, in an otherwise inconsistent effort from The Coen Brothers.
There is no official confirmation from Disney or Lucasfilm on the casting, so it stands strictly as a rumour for now, although it’s a story that’s been picked up by the respected New York Post, who cite their ‘sources’ in regards to the rumour’s validity, so you can probably rest easy that the Han Solo search is finally over. Ehrenreich reportedly beat out Taron Edgerton (Kingsman: Secret Service), Ansel Elgort (The Fault In Our Stars) and thousands of unknowns, and is in the final stages of hammering out his contract.
Phil Lord and Chris Miller, known for their stellar work on The LEGO Movie and 21/22 Jump Street, are heading up the project that will tell the story of a younger Han Solo, years before the start of A New Hope. The question still remains as to whether a Han Solo spin-off film is actually necessary at all. The character’s arc recently came to a natural end in The Force Awakens, as well as the film taking a huge risk of re-casting such an iconic and well-loved portrayal of the character that could ignite anger in fans across the world. We’ve seen and know all that we need to about Han Solo’s character, delving deeper or attempting to cash in on his popularity risks spoiling his legacy. I suppose if there were any directors that could pull it off, Lord and Miller certainly have the pedigree to do so.
You might not have to wait that long to see Ehrenreich pull on the black vest for the first, with rumours circulating that he is set to cameo in this year’s Rogue One: A Star Wars story. However, there is no official confirmation on that front and, as far as Disney are concerned, our first glimpse of young Han Solo will be May 25th 2018. Stay tuned in the coming weeks for more on this story, and all things Star Wars.