Phil Lord and Chris Miller have just cast Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo in the upcoming Star Wars spinoff, due out in 2018. The 26-year-old Ehrenreich broke out in a big way this year with a standout turn in Hail, Caesar!, directed by the Coen brothers.
Reports are that Ehrenreich is in the process of closing his deal for the Han Solo spinoff due out May 25, 2018. Lord, Miller, and Lucasfilm cast a very wide net, with literally thousands of actors auditioning for the part. Han Solo is such an iconic character — and one so closely identified with Harrison Ford — that finding the right actor that audiences would embrace would be a daunting task, but the naturally charismatic Ehrenreich seems like a great fit.
Lawrence Kasdan and Jon Kasdan wrote the script for the Han Solo spinoff. Plot details are few and far between, but word is the Han Solo spinoff will follow the rogue before he meets up with the Rebellion. Chewbacca will of course play a role, and rumor is that we may see fan favorite Boba Fett.
Ehrenreich made his feature film debut in Francis Ford Coppola’s Tetro, but it was his scene-stealing turn in February’s Hail, Caesar! that really made him the front runner for the Han Solo film. In a film full of A-List actors like George Clooney, Channing Tatum, Scarlett Johansson, he not only held his own, he stole the show. Check out his brilliant work in the clip below.