Alden Ehrenreich Cast as the Young Han Solo!

It’s official! Well, almost official. While there’s no official announcement yet from Disney and Lucasfilm, we’re hearing that Alden Ehrenreich, who recently starred in Joel and Ethan Coen’s Hail, Caesar!, has signed on the dotted line to take on the lead role in Phil Lord and Chris Miller‘s 2018 Han Solo Star Wars Story film.

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. 

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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