Is This Man Our New Han Solo?

Is Alden Ehrenreich our new Han Solo? Would that it t’were so simple…

Although it’s still not a sure thing, there are reportedly strong signs that Alden Ehrenreich, who recently starred in Joel and Ethan Coen’s Hail, Caesar!, has emerged as the frontrunner for the lead role in Phil Lord and Chris Miller‘s 2018 Han Solo Star Wars Story film. Deadline has the news, reporting that official word of Ehrenreich taking the role may very well be on the horizon.

Ehrenreich’s credits also include Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine, Chan-wook Park’s Stoker and a pair of Francis Ford Coppola films, Twixt and Tetro. You can check out, in the player at the bottom of this page, Ehrenreich’s hilarious performance in Hail, Caesar! with a clip from the comedy. In it, Ehrenreich plays a young western star in 1951 Hollywood, who has a bit of trouble fitting in after the studio casts him in an entirely different genre role. 

The screenplay for the Han Solo movie is written by Lawrence Kasdan and Jon Kasdan and will focus on how young Han Solo became the smuggler, thief, and scoundrel whom Luke Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi first encountered in the cantina at Mos Eisley. It has also been confirmed that Chewbacca will also be a featured character in the film and, while unconfirmed, it s likely that The Force Awakens‘ Joonas Suotamo will reprise the role.

Slated for a May 25, 2018 release, the Han Solo movie will be executive produced by Lawrence Kasdan and Jason McGatlin and co-produced by Will Allegra. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, meanwhile, hits theaters December 16, 2016.

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