Okay, so no one will ever truly replace Harrison Ford. But the actor, 73, doesn’t exactly have that boyish spirit anymore. And with this new series of Star Wars projects on the horizon, we need a young Han Solo to drop one-liners and save the day. So Phil Lord and Chris Miller, directors of the Untitled Han Solo Star Wars Anthology Film, have found who they believe is the man for the job. His name is Alden Ehrenreich.
Now you may be wondering, who the heck is Alden Ehrenreich? Well you may not have heard of him yet, but you will (if for no other reason than we’re about to tell you about who he is). He’s recently worked with the Coen brothers on Hail Caesar! and with Woody Allen for Blue Jasmine, and teamed up with Francis Ford Coppola for 2009’s Tetro.
Ehrenreich’s stock has been rising in the past few months after originally appearing on the Han Solo shortlist. But he was often not recognized as one of the names on that initial list. Ehrenreich was, by many media outlets, ignored for names such as Miles Teller, Ansel Elgort, Dave Franco and Logan Lerman. But then in March, Lord and Miller whittled down the list to just a handful of actors. And guess who was on it.
In March, the role of a young Han Solo was reportedly between Emory Cohen (Brooklyn), Taron Egerton (Kingsman: The Secret Service), Jack Reynor (Transformers: Age of Extinction) and of course, Alden Ehrenreich.
The news of our new Corellian smuggler comes only days after your social media feeds were most definitely littered with “May The Fourth Be With You” memes. It only makes sense the week which hosted “Star Wars Day” would end with some big news from the series.
Ehrenreich is set to star in the aforementioned Han Solo standalone film in May 2018, but rumours are he may make a cameo in December’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. It’ll be interesting to see how he does playing one of the most iconic characters in film history. May the force be with you, Alden Ehrenreich.