The Han Solo Movie May Have Finally Found Its Star

The race to land a new Han Solo may finally have come to a close. Page Six, the gossip column for The NY Daily News, just dropped a bombshell stating that, according to sources, Alden Ehrenreich has been cast as Young Han Solo.

This Page Six report comes after news recently that Alden Ehrenreich had put a little distance between himself and the rest of the candidates who had thrown their hats into the ring to play Han Solo in a spinoff, solo prequel movie. If this news is to be believed (and we’ll continue to scour the trades for viable sourcing), then it seems like we have a successor to Harrison Ford’s iconic role. May the Force be with you, Alden.

Alden Ehrenreich has a few prestige projects to his name, notably Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine and the brilliant, moody Stoker. But he really turned heads earlier this year playing an up-and-coming film star in Joel and Ethan Coen’s Hail, Caesar!. His character was a simple man, a bit of a dunce who gets chewed up and spit out by Ralph Fiennes’ difficult director. He was a great foil for Fiennes, and really held his own with the Coens’ expertly paced dialogue.

The Han Solo movie is still a long way away. Disney has dated the film for May 25, 2018, meaning that co-directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller have time to figure out the direction of the story. That being said, Miller shared this image of Han’s blaster on Star Wars Day, meaning that the project is top of mind for the duo, so casting could be coming together sooner than we expected.

We’ll continue to wait on confirmation from the studio, Alden Ehrenreich, the co-directors, or even Harrison Ford. Until then, it looks like we know who is playing Han Solo in the spinoff movie. What do you think of the choice?

Sean O'Connell
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Sean O’Connell is a journalist and CinemaBlend’s Managing Editor. Having been with the site since 2011, Sean interviewed myriad directors, actors and producers, and created ReelBlend, which he proudly cohosts with Jake Hamilton and Kevin McCarthy. And he's the author of RELEASE THE SNYDER CUT, the Spider-Man history book WITH GREAT POWER, and an upcoming book about Bruce Willis.