Your New Young Han Solo is Alden Ehrenreich

By Gerald Lynch on at

Thanks to Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, we know how the story of smuggler Han Solo ends. And now, with casting for his solo spin-off movie confirmed, we'll soon know how that story began, too. After a long search, Alden Ehrenreich has been cast as the young Han Solo for Disney's forthcoming origin flick.

A relative newcomer, Ehrenreich had a star-making turn in this year's Cohen brothers film Hail, Caesar!, and previously popped up in Beautiful Creatures, Stoker and Woody Allen's Blue Jasmine. The frontrunner to take the rebel role for some time, Ehrenreich is a solid choice, having the charm and rough-cut looks fitting for the character. But it's an unenviable task given to him, taking on one of the most well-known characters in cinema history, and a signature role of the inimitable Harrison Ford.

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Plot details for the solo Solo film have yet to surface, but Phil Lord and Chris Miller, the brains behind the excellent Lego Movie, are set to direct with series stalwart Kathleen Kennedy producing.

Scheduled for a May 25th, 2018 release, there's a chance that Ehrenreich will make a cameo appearance in his new role in the first Star Wars spin-off movie, Rogue One, given that shooting for the Solo film is slated to start way off in January 2017.